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Scotts VALLEY Using interconnected ring of roads, natural barriers and strip - down pieces of land with nothing left to burn, Cal Fire has get its arms around CZU August Lighting Complex Fire after 37 consecutive days. The State Fire Agency, aided by fire agencies from across Santa Cruz County and State, plus out - of - State and national responders, announced full containment of the blaze Tuesday night, with 86 509 acres affect, 1 490 destroyed structures, including 925 residences and one Last Chance Road resident kill. During the fire, more than 70 000 residents in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties were evacuate. The Fire Complex, sparked by lightning on the night of Aug. 16, however, has not yet been fully control. Weve got a very solid line around the entire fire and they feel like there is really no chance at this point for fire to jump over the fire line, Cal Fire CZU Information officer Cecile Juliette said Wednesday. Juliette added that the Fire Agency, while happy to have reached full containment, has not Cross finish Line, yet. It is definitely a milestone, it something weve been working for for what, five weeks, so getting Line is always a milestone in a big fire like this, Juliette say. But again, if there was smoke that was to get some wind on it that was put out, it could create a whole new problem. So, this is not the time to become complacent or relaxed in our department. It just means that we have to be vigilant until the last smoke is out. In an informational video Post to Youtube and explaining the term containment, Cal Fire Assistant Deputy Director Daniel Berlant explained why containment does not mean firefighters ' work is over, particularly in steep and rugged terrain where small fires continue burning within vegetation. Now, when we have 100% containment, that does necessarily mean that the fire is completely extinguish, Berlant say. There could still be hot spots burning on fire. All over, throughout Fire, there are still places where firefighters will need to go in and mop up. We call it mop - up when we go in and internally, inside the perimeter, go in and extinguish those hot spots. Juliette estimated area firefighters had months of work ahead before CZU fires are considered under control. Residents are urged to keep an eye out for remaining smoldering areas giving off telltale smoke that could pop up anywhere. Related Articles Santa Cruz County property owners must clean up Fire damaged properties Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires Is your college in a severe wildfire zone? Wildfire smoke in the US exposes millions to hazardous pollution. California is braces for renewed fire threat from windy weather. If residents see smoke, they can call and report that and we will send a crew out there to put that out, Juliette say. There is not going to be any danger, but this is definitely an area where residents can play a role, They can help the US by eyes.

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Current Suspension of Instructional Programs

Several districts and charter schools have made the decision to suspend instructional programs as result of this dynamic situation. Families can expect to hear from their school district about the status of their children's school and what services will be provided to them. In making the determination of whether to close schools, individual school districts take into account multiple metrics that include: Air quality Number of staff Impact by evacuations Number of students who are unable to access their learning program If school campus is within evacuation zones Power outages Impact of closure on feeder School districts following School districts have announce suspension of instructional programs due to fires base on metrics list above: pacific Elementary School District Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Scotts Valley Unified School District

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Local Evacuation Shelters

After Friday, only Fire emergency evacuation shelter at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville will remain open, Santa Cruz County announced in a press release. This consolidation of evacuation shelters is enabling the County to focus on the needs of those with longer - term displacement according to the release. There are 188 residents currently serving, down from a high of nearly 2 500 across all shelters. Repopulation of Fire - impacted areas of the North Coast, Bonny Doon and San Lorenzo Valley is now in progress with CZU Lightning Complex Fire currently 85% contain. For information on shelter help for evacuees of CZU Lightning Complex Fire, visit Santacruzcounty.

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Fires of Interest

Multiple wildfires are burning in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties and several have merged into larger fires. Cal FIRE is referring to them collectively as CZU August Lightning Complex. Czu stands for CAL FIRE's San Mateo - Santa Cruz Unit. Find FIRE and evacuation updates here and map here. Latest Aug. 21 6: 05 pm CZU August Lightning Complex Fires burn 57 000 acres and was 2% contained Friday evening, CAL FIRE say. Ninety - seven structures have been destroyed and 24 000 remain threaten. The Agency notes that the City of Santa Cruz and UC Santa Cruz campus are not directly threatened by FIRE at this time and have not been evacuate. Cal FIRE was hopeful that mother Nature would aid in firefighting efforts Friday night: weather should be more favorable, not as heavy North winds. Our expectation is FIRE behavior should mitigate slightly - only slightly. Aug. 21 4: 10 pm CZU Fires have forced a number of state parks and beaches to shutter until further notice. Here is the list of LATEST Park closures due to CZU Complex, as of 11 am Friday: Ano Nuevo State Park, Bean Hollow State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Butano State Park, Castle Rock State Park, Coast Dairies State Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Natural Bridges State Beach Pescadero State Beach Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park Pomponio State Beach Portola Redwoods State Park San Gregorio State Beach Wilder Ranch State Park Aug. 21 3: 50 pm Evacuees from Fires affecting Northern California have one more Emergency housing option available to them, if they need it: Airbnb is offering free housing Via its Open Homes program. From Aug. 20 to Sept. 10, qualifying evacuees can search for places to stay within the Airbnb housing network, once they answer some questions and are approved for free lodging. The Open Homes program has been enacted in times of disasters when people have become displaced, such as hurricanes. For more information, visit the Airbnb page set up for Fires here. Aug. 21 1: 15 pm The City of Santa Cruz has activated its Emergency Operations Center in light of CZU August Lightning Complex Fires burning in the region. Efforts are focused on mitigating FIRE risk in the city and helping residents prepare their homes. What we need from you is to be prepared, officials say. We are optimistic that we are not going to have to evacuate. We are optimistic the FIRE isn't going to impact the City of Santa Cruz. We are making plans in case it does happen. Aug. 21 1 pm CAL FIRE provide update At 12: 30 pm on fires burning around the Bay Area in a video posted on Twitter. Aug. 21 6: 30 am series of fires burning in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties race across bone - dry landscape overnight, growing at a rate of 700 to 1 000 acres an hour, CAL FIRE officials say. Fires, collectively called CZU August Lightning Complex, cover 40 000 acres when everyone goes to bed on Thursday.

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Campus status

Effective immediately, all facilities on the residential campus can resume their pre - evacuation status. Only activities that may resume are those that had been approved prior to Aug. 20 evacuation through the COVID - 19 resumption approval process. Smoke odors may still be present and air scrubbers may still be running in hallways. Should your department need assistance with mitigating smoke odor, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at ehs ucsc. Edu. Information specific to student on - campus housing will be sent by the housing office directly to students. As fires continue to burn throughout the region, campus will continue to track air quality, and will utilize UC guidance for addressing air quality to inform any subsequent actions we need to take. Please be mindful that due to wildfire events and campus closure, wildlife population on campus has increase. Its especially important to go slow on campus roadways and be aware when out on campus trails. In addition to turkeys and deer, we have seen an increase in coyote,ss foxes and other species throughout campus.

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Merely a Band-Aid

In Boulder Creek, high temperature of 94 is expected Friday and Saturday with mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. Santa CRUZ should reach 84 and 78 on those days. Wind is expected to stay around 10 mph in both areas. Cal Fire incident commander Billy See said he anticipates increased fire spread at night. This country likes to burn at night, more so than during the day, and that is because of wind patterns. Winds aloft will lower down and clear out smoke, which will increase fires rate of spread through vegetation out there, See say. It is all based on terrain, weather conditions and fuel conditions, See say. And fuel conditions out there are very poor just because of the drought conditions that have been suffering here on this coastline.

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Burning us out

Three massive fires continued to burn across the BAY Area Saturday morning, forcing thousands of people from their homes and scorching more than 650 000 acres stretching from Napa and Sonoma counties down to San Mateo County coast and Santa Cruz Mountains. Some 3 200 firefighters have been deployed to fight fires, which were started earlier this week by what state officials have called the Lightning siege. So far, fires have killed at least four civilians, including three in Napa County and one in Solano County. A PG & E worker in Solano County and a helicopter pilot near Fresno have also died fighting fires. Statewide, 12 000 firefighters have been deployed to fight 560 fires, including at least two dozen complex fires. Three largest of those are the LNU, SCU, and CZU Complex fires in the BAY Area: LNU Complex has burnt 314 207 acres across Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Lake and Yolo counties As of 7 AM Saturday, spreading about 12 000 acres overnight, and has caused four civilian casualties. So far 560 structures have been destroyed and 30 500 are threaten, with fire remaining at 15% contain. Scu Complex has burnt 291 968 acres across Santa Clara, Alameda, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, up 17 000 acres overnight, and is 10% contained as of 7 AM Saturday. It has destroyed five structures and is threatening 20 065 more, forcing evacuations on the outskirts east of San Jose on Thursday night. Czu Complex has burnt 63 000 acres across the Santa Cruz Mountains and in parts of San Mateo County As of 6 AM Saturday, forcing the evacuation of more than 77 000 residents, including students and faculty at UC Santa Cruz campus. Fire, which is 5% contain, has destroyed 97 structures and threatened about 24 000. Follow below for the latest updates, and explore the map to see where fires are burning. Update 10: 30 AM | Smaller fires merge; SCU and LNU Complexes expect to balloon Cal Fire officials expect significant fire growth in the LNU Complex over the next 24 hours As flames on the North side of Lake Berryessa have merged into the Hennessey Fire near large swaths of timber. Lnu Complex grow by about 12 000 acres overnight to 314 207 acres across Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Lake and Yolo counties, prompting new Evacuation orders in some parts of Sonoma County even as others lift. Despite a night of good moisture, SCU Complex meanwhile grew by about 17 000 acres overnight, burning a total of 291 968 acres across Santa Clara, Alameda, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. The blaze is expected to pick up again when smoke clears area today and temperatures rise. Update 8: 00 AM | Firefighters make progress on CZU Complex Firefighters report progress for first time Saturday in containing a collection of fires raging across Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, but warn that trend could quickly change with weather conditions.

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We would have died

As wildfires race across California, civilian firefighters are missing a critical and usually dependable ally: inmate firefighting crews. Fire crews, along with other California prisoners, have been hard hit by the coronavirus, which is sweeping through States correctional facilities. In California State prisons, more than 12 000 inmates and guards have been infect, and at least 64 people have die, according to the State corrections Department. This summer, ONLY 90 of State prisons ' 192 inmate fire teams are available to help clear brush and perform other important firefighting tasks, according to Cal Fire. While number of inmate firefighters have become infect, other crews are under quarantine orders. Some firefighters have also been released from prison in recent weeks to reduce overcrowding in prisons and fire camps. In all, four of six prisons that train incarcerated firefighters have had coronavirus outbreaks of more than 200 cases each, including the California Institution for Women in Corona, which trains female firefighters. That prison has had 417 cases. Shortage has Force State to enlist members of the National Guard and to hire civilian replacements for inmate crews, officials say.

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We were in hell

Shane Sutcliffe, English teacher at San Lorenzo Valley High in Felton, lost everything in a house fire caused by a water heater 10 years ago. Since then, he has learnt to be a little more organized in case another emergency rears its ugly face. It Do. After a friend in the Fire Department called him and told him to get out, Sutcliffe peered out the window of his Boulder Creek home and saw an orange glow on the horizon. His heart sunk. Within 20 minutes, they leave the premises. There was only one way in and one way out, Sutcliffe said of fire forcing their exit strategy. And there is stand - still traffic. He packs family photos, important documents, his golf clubs and his daughters ' softball bags in addition to one week's supply of clothes. They also transport four dogs, chickens, ducks and rabbit to safety. He and his family wife Angela and daughter Anaya, as well as extended family, were away from their homes for three weeks. They bounce around from location to location in an effort to minimize expenses. Their longest stay was seven days at KOA campground in Watsonville. The valley is super resilient. It is such a wonderful community. I met some amazing families, he say, noting people at the campsite offered his family food and clothing. Friends continually checked in with Sutcliffe, who was checking news reports to see if his family still had home. Hes currently staying in Ben Lomond, but swung by his house on Tuesday. He said it looked like the house had been ransacked by looters before realizing it was his family who were tearing up the place in their haste to gather cherished items. As expect, area was covered with debris, ash and burnt leaves. Fortunately for Sutcliffes, worst of the damage was inside the kitchen. Power was shut off and that meant everything in the refrigerator was now rotten and unusable. I need a hazmat suit for that fridge, say Sutcliffe, noting Valley residents are concerned about their tap water quality. It was a nightmare. I do have a breakdown, he say. I am still Shell - shocked from it all. It was scary on so many levels. And these kids, have been through so much, COVID and now this. I dont think we went through this much when we were kids. For others, it is worse. On the other side of Highway 9, less than 1 mile away, Sutcliffe knows several families that are now homeless. He walks through their neighborhood each day before work to stay in shape. Sutcliffe is crushed over their loss. He has been in their shoes. But he was also grateful to firefighters who helped save so many homes.

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