Wildfire burning in San Mateo, Santa Cruz counties prompts evacuations

KGO logo
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Crews battling brush fire in San Mateo Co.
Evacuations are underway as crews work to contain several wildfires burning in San Mateo County in an area where 200 to 300 people live.

LA HONDA, Calif. (KGO) -- A fire spread Tuesday west of Skyline Boulevard in San Mateo County and into Santa Cruz County in an area where 200 to 300 people live.

According to CAL FIRE, multiple lightning strikes caused fires across the area with the largest fires burning in the Butano Creek drainage.

The fires have burned a total of 7,500 acres, are 0% contained and are threatening a total of 1,200 structures.

CAL FIRE says two first responders have been hurt but the extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

Evacuation orders in San Mateo County:

  • Butano Community Area
  • Community of Loma Mar
  • Dearborn Park
  • Pescadero Creek County Park
  • Butano State Park area including Barranca Knolls community
  • Butano Creek drainage area

An evacuation center has been setup at Pescadero High School.

Evacuation orders in Santa Cruz County:

  • Waterman Gap Loop
  • Upper 236
  • Boulder Creek Golf Course
  • Heartwood Hill
  • Lodge Road
  • Community of Little Basin
  • Lower China Grade
  • Upper China Grade
  • Community of Kings Hwy
  • Lower Jamison Creek
  • Gallion Heights
  • Fallen Leaf Neighborhood
  • Foxglove Lane
  • Last Chance
  • Big Basin State Park
  • Las Cumbres

Please evacuate SOUTH on HWY 236 (Big Basin Hwy) towards Boulder Creek, then access Hwy 9 SOUTH to Santa Cruz

All of Boulder Creek Fire Protection District has received a mandatory evacuation notice. (BOU1-BOU43)
Please do not head North on Hwy 235 or Hwy 9. Travel routes are either SOUTH on Hwy 9, or EAST on Bear Creek Road.

RELATED: Here are all the fires burning in the Bay Area

The evacuation warning is affecting 200 to 300 people and 100 structures are threatened.

San Mateo County Parks tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Pescadero Creek, Memorial & Sam McDonald parks are closed due to an active fire.

Officials say firefighters and resources are on scene using fire roads.

Stay with ABC7 News for the latest details on this developing story.