Calif. Fire Burns State Park, Campgrounds
Fed by shifting winds, a brushfire in the hills east of Morgan Hill in California’s Santa Clara County has scorched more than 10,000 acres, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Dubbed the Lick Fire, the blaze was 20% contained as of late Tuesday, said state fire officials.
The fire is burning in and around Henry W. Coe State Park. Ten hunting cabins in the area and several campgrounds and trails were evacuated Monday. It has destroyed one outbuilding, forced several state park rangers and their families to evacuate their homes, and is threatening another 25 residences in the area, including a handful of hunting cabins, said spokeswoman Becky Bamberger of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Flames were first reported at 1:45 p.m. Monday.
Nearly 1,300 firefighters are battling the blaze, using 155 engines, 24 bulldozers, eight helicopters and seven air tankers, including a DC-10.
Four firefighters have sustained injuries. One firefighter, suffering heat-related injuries, was airlifted Tuesday from the scene; two firefighters Monday were treated for bee stings.
Investigators do not know what caused the fire.
Spokesman Daniel Berlant of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said it had been a busy weekend for fire officials, with blazes burning around the state.
“A lot of people think Labor Day signifies the end of summer, but for us it’s the peak of fire season,” he said. “We usually see the largest fires in September into October. It’s important for people to stay fire-safe out there.”