Wildfire quickly growing near San Jose, hundreds evacuated

A wildfire has burned more than 1,000 acres in Santa Cruz, Calif., billowing smoke that could be seen in San Jose and Monterey. At least 300 people have evacuated. Photo by Cal Fire/Twitter.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Sept. 27 (UPI) — A fast-moving wildfire in the mountains near Santa Cruz, has burned more than 1,000 acres and prompted hundreds of evacuations, authorities said Monday.

The so-called Loma Fire broke out about 3 p.m. Monday when temperatures in the Santa Cruz Mountains were over 90 degrees. The fire is 5 percent contained as of Monday evening, and could grow as much as 5,000 acres overnight, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze has already destroyed one structure and threatens at least 300 homes with more than 300 people evacuated.

The fire could be seen as far away as San Jose and Monterey.

About 200 firefighters from multiple agencies are on scene with a DC-10 tanker dropping fire retardant on the area.

The cause of the wildfire is not known.


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