Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Sixth firefighter injured battling blaze in Santa Cruz Mountains

Sixth firefighter injured battling blaze in Santa Cruz Mountains

The blaze started as a structure fire around 10:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Bear Creek Canyon Road.

Tuesday morning Cal Fire reported via Twitter, that "firefighters are battling a 125 acre fire off Bear Creek road, southwest of San Jose".

One firefighter has already been injured in the battle, as NBC Bay Area tells us, injuring a wrist and suffering facial lacerations after falling into a ravine.

Another fire had previously broken out near Monterey and Carmel over the weekend but was swiftly contained at 31 acres.

"The topography has been the major challenge on this fire and is really what has contributed to our injuries", Bernheisel said Wednesday. Tuesday, Cal Fire divisional assistant chief Rob Sherman said that "everybody has been evacuated", with no more than a handful of holdouts.

The Santa Cruz Mountains have a history of large and damaging wildfires.

Evacuations remain in place for the communities of Las Cumbres, Deer Creek and all residents of Bear Creek Road from Hawks Ridge Road to Skyline Boulevard. Officials continued the search for dozens of missing people, and fire crews gained additional ground on the deadly blazes that have scorched more than 210,000 acres and killed at least 41. During the night, racing flames threatened some 150 homes.

Evacuation centers have been opened up at Lakeside Elementary School in Los Gatos and the Zayante Fire Station in Felton.

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