Bear Fire stabilized, crews reduced by nearly half

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 22, 2017

The 320-acre wildfire is burning thick forests in Boulder Creek, and containment increased to 40 percent Friday morning.

Two bulldozers, which are effective tools to create fire lines, are working the fire's perimeter.

"That was the primary objective and it's been achieved", said Marco De Anda, a technical specialist for Cal Fire.

So far the fire has destroyed four homes and led to seven people being injured, all of them firefighters who have been battling the blaze in steep and hard terrain, as we learned yesterday.

Thursday morning's nearly 1,000 firefighters were reduced almost by half by Friday morning as the effort progressed. Fire investigators, along with the Sheriff's Office, continue to look into the causes of the fire, but they have determined it started at a 30-acre property in the 800 block of Bear Creek Canyon Road.

Evacuation orders are being lifted today for the Las Cumbres and Skyline Blvd. communities, as well areas south of Bear Creek Road including Hidden Springs Lane, Moon Rise Road, Mustang Mesa, and Bear Creek Way.

Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road, and their "tributary" roads all remain closed and in the fire zone.

Containment is expected by Tuesday, Bernheisel said.

Evacuation centers at Lakeside Elementary and Zayante Fire Protection District Station remain open from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.as drop in information centers.

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