Loma wildfire in Santa Cruz mountains destroys more homes

Firefighters ignite a backfire to stop the Loma fire from spreading near Morgan Hill, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Loma Fire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains has destroyed a dozen homes and 16 other structures.

Cal Fire said Saturday afternoon that 12 homes and 16 structures were destroyed by the fire. That compares to eight homes and nine other structures on Friday reported destroyed.

PHOTOS: Crews battle brush fire in Santa Cruz Mountains

The blaze has charred about 6 square miles and is 56 percent contained. It is still threatening 325 structures.

Hundreds of residents were evacuated from both Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County neighborhoods after the blaze started Monday.

RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Volunteer group saves horses from Loma Fire

Mandatory evacuations were lifted for Santa Cruz County but they remain in effect for Santa Clara County, where most of the threatened structures are located.

Fire officials expect full containment by early next week.

EXCLUSIVE: Investigators look into whether drug operation sparked Loma Fire

Evacuations have been lifted for Santa Cruz County residents.

Road closures:
Loma Prieta Road 1 mile east of Highland Way
Summit Road at Ormsby Cutoff
Croy Road 3 miles west of Uvas Road to be lifted for residents only
Casa Loma and McKean Road

The Casa Loma Volunteer Fire Association is accepting donations to for Loma Fire evacuees. Click here to donate.

Or, send donations here:
PO Box 601
Redwood Estates, CA 95044

Click here for full coverage on the Loma Fire.
Related Topics:
newscal firefirefirefighterssanta clara countybrush firesanta cruz countyinvestigationLoma FireSanta Cruz
(Copyright ©2016 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Load Comments