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Santa Cruz Mountains Summit Fire update

The latest figures for what is now being called the “Summit Fire” in the Santa Cruz Mountains are (mostly according to KRON4 (TV and Web):

The fire has burned 3200 acres. The fire is now 25% contained (7 PM PDT).

17 homes have been destroyed.

Amazingly, no injuries have been reported from the fire.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the area today to assess the damage and to be briefed on the firefighting effort.

Calmer winds and heavy fog brought some relief to firefighters. The forecast for a 20% chance of rain and lower coastal temperatures with higher humidities is also encouraging, but winds are picking up a little tonight.

Total  cost of the fire so far is $1.72 M, with higher fuel costs contributing to the total.

All in all, the lack of injuries and the low number of homes destroyed testify to the superb effort by all of the firefighters involved.

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo™

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