Lockheed Fire continues to threaten homes

August 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
More than 250 homes in the Swanton and Bonny Doon communities remain threatened Sunday morning by a fire that is burning about 6,850 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains, according to Cal Fire.

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The Lockheed Fire, which has cost $6.2 million to fight as of Sunday morning, is 50 percent contained.

Cal Fire officials say weather, steep terrain and limited access to the fire's perimeter continue to cause concerns.

Several road closures are in effect in the area and are being coordinated by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the area Saturday. A state of emergency was declared in Santa Cruz County on Friday.

Up to 2,400 residents in the Bonny Doon and Swanton communities have been evacuated since Wednesday, when the fire started.

An evacuation center has been set up at the Vintage Faith Church at 350 Mission St. in Santa Cruz. A large animal evacuation center has been established at the Watsonville fairgrounds.

Four people have been injured since Wednesday. More than 2,100 people are battling the blaze, which Cal Fire estimates will take about another week to contain.

The blaze has damaged two outbuildings, but no homes have burned, according to Cal Fire.

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