SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — Firefighters have contained a wildland fire in the area of Lockhart Gulch in Scotts Valley, Cal Fire said on social media.
The Lockhart Fire was stopped after growing to 5 to 8 acres, the fire agency said shortly after 1 p.m. as crews began mopping up Sunday afternoon. No structures were threatened, according to the Scotts Valley Police Department.
Also in Santa Cruz County, Cal Fire continued to work to extinguish the six-acre Rincon Fire which closed Highway 9 in both directions.
The Rincon Fire, first reported about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, continues to burn and has claimed about 17 acres of heavy timber in the steep, remote hills north of Paradise Park in rural Santa Cruz County, Cal Fire said on Sunday.
That acreage total was revised downward from 20 acres stated earlier today because of “more accurate mapping,” Cal Fire said.
The blaze, between Santa Cruz and Felton, is considered about 30 percent contained.
About 170 firefighters were attacking the fire, using 21 fire engines, two helicopters and three water tenders. One firefighter has been injured.
State Highway 9 remained closed through the Rincon area on Sunday evening, between Golf Club Drive in Santa Cruz and Glengarry Road in Felton, a total of about 4.5 miles. It wasn’t known when the road may reopen.
There have been no mandatory evacuations to this point, Cal Fire said, although residents of the northern section on Paradise Park have been advised to be ready to evacuate.
The fire is spreading very slowly, Cal Fire said, but is burning in a hard-to-reach area with steep surfaces and sudden drop-offs.
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