Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lockheed Fire Update

The fire department is reporting over 5,000 acres destroyed, with 15% containment.
Update: The figures have now been revised to 6800 acres, 30% containment.

There's a map showing the fire's perimeter created by the Santa Cruz Sentinel. It shows the perimeter as less than a mile from the McHenry Vineyard. Firefighters are working to protect the villages of Bonny Doon and Swanton; although evacuation orders are in place, many Bonny Doon residents are staying and trying to defend their properties.

Costs have risen to an estimated $2.6m and there are now over 1500 personnel on the scene. Still no injuries reported, but smoke and ash is reported up to 50 miles away, and the area in the south bay smells of smoke today. The cause of the fire is still unconfirmed.