Wildfires

Explosive wildfire burning in Santa Cruz Mountains destroys 7 structures

Explosive wildfire burning in Santa Cruz Mountains destroys 7 structures

A wildfire fueled by drought-stressed brush has charred 2,250 acres, destroyed seven structures and prompted residents to flee their homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Jose.

Flames from the Loma fire have consumed a home and six outbuildings and damaged at least one other house since it started Monday afternoon near Loma Prieta and Loma Chiquita roads, 10 miles northwest of Morgan Hill, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze is about 10% contained.

Hundreds of residents were evacuated from canyon and hillside neighborhoods as fast-moving flames threatened at least 300 structures....

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