Hundreds Evacuated As Loma Fire Grows
(BANT) – The American Red Cross has opened three evacuation centers for those impacted by the Loma Fire that broke out Monday in the Santa Cruz Mountains and has grown to 1,000 acres.
Santa Clara County officials said the shelters are at Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Road in San Jose, the Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road in Los Gatos and Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church, 16970 Dewitt Ave. in Morgan Hill.
The Loma Fire was reported around 2:50 p.m. Monday near Loma Prieta and Loma Chiquita roads off of Summit Road, Cal Fire Assistant Chief Michael Borelli said. The area is north of the border between Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, where a large plume of smoke could be seen for miles.
The fire had spread to more than 400 acres as of 5:40 p.m. and by 9:30 p.m. it had grown to 1,000 acres. No injuries have been reported.
Evacuation orders have been issued for people in about 300 structures near the fire on Casa Loma, Loma Chiquita and Loma Prieta roads, Borelli said.
Roughly 200 firefighters have responded to the scene to battle the blaze with assistance from helicopter and air tanker crews, according to Borelli. San Jose firefighters have also been sent to the scene, city fire officials said.
The fire appears to be within the vicinity of buildings for radio stations KBAY-FM and KKUP-FM.
In Santa Clara County, deputies helped evacuate people on Loma Prieta, Casa Loma, Summit, Uvas and Loma Chiquita roads. In Santa Cruz County, people have also been instructed to leave the area of Highland Way and Mount Bache and Loma Prieta roads.
Sheriff’s officials say closures are also in effect at Mount Bache and Loma Prieta roads, Mount Bache and Highland Way and Mount Madonna and Pole Line roads.