County of Santa Cruz

CZU Lightning Complex Fire Santa Cruz evacuees
Hannah Hagemann

Progress is being made on the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burning in San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties. The fire is now 19% percent contained after burning over 80,100 acres, as of Wednesday morning. KAZU’s Hannah Hagemann is covering the fire, which has burned over 520 structures in Santa Cruz County so far. She spoke with KAZU’s Doug McKnight on Tuesday.

CZU Lightning Complex Fire Santa Cruz
CHP Santa Cruz

Wildfires have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate across the Central Coast. Law enforcement officers are working overtime to protect the homes and businesses they left behind. In hard hit Santa Cruz County, looting has led multiple arrests.

Erika Mahoney

Homelessness is becoming more and more visible across the Central Coast. In Santa Cruz, the most glaring sign of the homeless crisis is a large encampment near one of the city’s main entrances. The camp will again be a topic of Santa Cruz’s City Council meeting on Tuesday. The plan is to close the camp after figuring out where everyone could go.