5 firefighters hurt, homes evacuated as fire rages in Santa Cruz Mountains

By Trisha Thadani, Steve Rubenstein, Peter Fimrite and Kevin Fagan
SF Gate
October 17, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

As if last week’s Wine Country infernos weren’t enough, a new wildfire broke out Tuesday in the Santa Cruz Mountains and quickly spread through dry brush and thick forest, igniting buildings and prompting numerous evacuations around Boulder Creek. Five firefighters were injured and at least four structures were destroyed before dawn after a building fire late Monday night ignited the hills and sent flames sweeping through trees. …The blaze had consumed 271 acres in the steep forested mountains of Santa Cruz County southwest of San Jose by Tuesday evening and was only 5 percent contained.

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