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Posted on: October 2, 2016

Loma Fire Update: Noon 10/2/16

119 Engines :: 10 Helicopters :: 0 Air Tankers :: 68 Hand Crews :: 13 Dozers
Overnight, the fire made minimal progress and continued to consume islands of unburned fuels that are at critically low fuel moistures. Extremely drought stressed vegetation conditions still exist, however the potential for torching trees has decreased. Steep and inaccessible terrain challenge firefighting efforts. Stumps and dead wood still have the potential to burn in these remote areas within the fire perimeter. Today, firefighters will continue holding the existing fire lines and maintaining readiness for any new flare-ups or hot spots that could potentially develop. Suppression repair activities will continue, including installation of erosion control measures.
Evacuations: Santa Clara County: Mandatory evacuation orders for the Loma Prieta ridgeline area including all tributary roads along Summit Road east of Soquel San Jose Road to Ormsby Fire Station. This includes Loma Chiquita, Casa Loma, and Loma Prieta Way.
Evacuation alerts in Santa Clara County can be received by signing up for AlertSCC, visit: www.sccgov.org/sites/alertscc/Pages/home.aspx.
Evacuation Centers:
Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church, 16970 De Witt Avenue, Morgan Hill
Please do not bring donations to the CAL FIRE Loma Fire Base Camp. While greatly appreciated, the camp is well supplied and self-sufficient. The Red Cross does not have the facilities to accept food or goods, but can accept monetary donations: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation Loma Fire food or goods donations can be delivered to the following locations:
Salvation Army of Gilroy: Address: 6701 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy, CA 95020, Phone: (408) 842-3991 ~ Accepting in-kind donations of clothing, household goods and toys.
Salvation Army of Santa Cruz: Address: 812 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, Phone: (831) 429-8118 ~ Accepting in-kind donations of clothing, bedding, materials, as well as any food donations.
Second Harvest Food Bank: Address: 800 Ohlone Pkwy, Watsonville, CA 95076, Phone: (831) 722-7110 ~ Accepting any bulk food donations or smaller items.
Current local park and road closures:
Both sides of Christmas Hill Park are now CLOSED to the public.
The bike and walking trails behind Solarsano Middle School are also closed.
The paved levy trail, next to Uvas Park Drive is open.
Miller Avenue (between W Luchessa Ave and Uvas Dr) is closed to thru traffic.
We will continue to have heavy fire and equipment use on the following roads: Santa Teresa Blvd, Hecker Pass, Club Drive (behind Solarsano), Syrah Ct and Masten Ave. Please use caution in these areas.
Road Closures:
Loma Prieta Road 1 mile east of Highland Way
Summit Road at Ormsby Cutoff
Casa Loma and McKean Roads
Additional information regarding the Loma Fire can be obtained by contacting the Public Information line at 408-779-0930 or visiting www.fire.ca.gov

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