Update on La Brea and Lockheed fires

La Brea fire

Two Sikorsky Aircranes over the La Brea fire. Photo: Doug Keeler

The fire grew by only 679 acres over the last 24 hours, which is much less than the 10,000 or so it was adding each day for a while. There is still some open line on the east and northeast sides, and firefighters are picking portions of the fire that have burned into the 2-year old Zaca fire area.

There are still a lot of resources assigned to the fire:

  • 126 crews
  • 56 dozers
  • 12 helicopters

The fire has burned 87,490 acres and is 75% contained.

Lockheed fire

The fire has slowed, but it is certainly not out yet. Evan left a comment on another Wildfire Today post this afternoon, referring to smoke:

Wow. I can barely see 3 blocks ahead of myself in downtown Santa Cruz.

CalFire says the fire has burned 7,017 acres and it is 65% contained, and:

The Community of Swanton remains under a mandatory evacuation order. No evacuation orders for Bonny Doon. The evacuation order of the Bonny Doon community area was lifted at 3:00 PM on August 16, 2009. This allowed approximately 2200 residents to return home.

CalFire estimates full containment will be obtained on Thursday and it should be controlled by August 30.

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