Fires

California wildfires scorch parched hillsides and destroy one home in sweltering heat

California wildfires scorch parched hillsides and destroy one home in sweltering heat

A fast-moving wildfire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains has scorched more than 2,250 acres, destroyed a home and triggered evacuations, as firefighters continued to battle multiple blazes across the state Tuesday.

Flames from the Loma fire are threatening at least 300 structures near Loma Prieta and Loma Chiquita roads, leading to hundreds of people being evacuated in the area. The blaze 10 miles northwest of Morgan Hill, in the mountains north of Santa Cruz, is 10% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions are driving the explosive blaze, which ignited about 3 p.m....

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