Firefighters gain ground on Lockheed Fire

August 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fire officials today pushed up their estimate of when the Lockheed Fire will be contained after good weather helped firefighters get a handle on the blaze this morning.

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As of 9:30 p.m. all evacuation orders have been lifted in the Lockheed Fire area.

Cal Fire spokesman John Buchanan said firefighters hope to have the fire contained by Thursday and controlled by Aug. 30.

"The weather is really holding up well," Buchanan said. "The guys out there are considering Mother Nature our friend right now."

He said that as of 7 a.m. today, the fire was 65 percent contained as 2,165 firefighters from agencies across California battled the blaze. The fire has consumed 7,017 acres since it started burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Wednesday.

Two structures were damaged in the fire's early stages but no other damage has been reported, Buchanan said.

Five people have been injured, but none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

KGO contributed to this report.

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