All evacuation orders lifted for Loma Fire

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY (KRON) — All evacuation orders and road closures for the Loma Fire have been lifted, according to fire officials.

The Loma Fire that started in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Santa Clara County about a week ago is 92 percent contained at 4,474 acres as of Monday night, Cal Fire officials said.

Santa Cruz County residents who were ordered to leave their homes were allowed to return last week.

The wildfire began around 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 26 near Loma Prieta and Loma Chiquita roads about 10 miles northwest of Morgan Hill and near the border with Santa Cruz County, Cal Fire officials said.

The blaze was estimated to reach full containment Monday, but has since been extended to Saturday, Cal Fire spokesman Bryan Martin said.

Firefighters were faced with hot and dry conditions when the fire first broke out, but a complete change in the weather aided suppression efforts, especially increased humidity that has brought moisture in the air, Martin said.

A cold front over the weekend led to strong winds, but the fire containment lines remained in place, according to Martin.

There have been little to no flames in the fire area since Sunday and crews have mainly been conducting mop up operations, Martin said.

Crews have entered black sections of the fire to put out any hot spots and cut down trees, according to Martin.

The blaze has destroyed 12 homes and 16 outbuildings, damaged one other residence and is threatening 51 other structures, Cal Fire officials said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

More than 1,300 fire personnel are fighting the blaze using 76 fire engines, four helicopters, nine bulldozers and 14 water tenders, Cal Fire officials said.

In the past week, about five firefighters were hospitalized for minor injuries, treated and released, according to Martin.

The American Red Cross is accepting donations for those affected by the fire online at

Food, goods and other items can be sent to the Salvation Army in Santa Cruz and Gilroy and Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville.

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