Fire crews aggressively responded to a fast-moving vegetation fire burning on the Loma Prieta ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which prompted evacuations, destroyed one structure and charred at least 1,000 acres by late Monday night, fire officials said.
Footage from the NBC Bay Area chopper, which was the first to arrive at the scene, showed fire crews and a DC-10 tanker using retardant to control the fire.
The Red Cross set up three evacuation centers Monday evening for those who needed food and shelter: Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Road in Soquel; the Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos; the Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church, 16970 DeWitt Ave, Morgan Hill.
The fire can also be seen from as far away as Monterey, according to residents in the area.RAW VIDEO: Fire in Santa Cruz Mountains Prompts EvacuationsCal Fire crews are responding to a large vegetation fire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains that has prompted evacuations and charred around 200 acres, authorities said Monday afternoon.
I can only see smoke but I’m keeping a close eye on it.” Jacquie Heffner, who lives in the San Jose foothills, said she could see a lot of smoke from Santa Teresa Boulevard and Dunn Avenue.