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Containment rises to 95%, more than 2,000 still evacuated

WARNING PEOPLE AGAINST ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE ANY FIRE DEBRIS FROM DAMAGED PROPERTY AS A RESULT OF THE CZU FIRE. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SUCH AS CAR BATTERIES- FERTILIZERS – AEROSOL CANS, EVEN HOUSEHOLD SIDING, WHICH COULD CARRY ASBESTOS MUST BE ASESSED AND REMOVED BY THE E-P-A. WE DONT WANT PEOPLE GOING IN THERE AND STARTING TO BULLDOZE OR REMOVE STUFF FROM THE SITE WITHOUT HAVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY DO IT FOR THEM. THEY ARE IN TOWN THEY ARE STARTING TO DO THIS. IT WILL TAKE A COUPLE OF WEEKS TO GET THIS DONE SO WE ARE JUST ASKING FOR PATIENCE. THI I GOING TO BE A LONG PROCESS, THE REBULDING PROCES FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE AND THIS IS THE FIRST STEP THE COUNTY IS ALSO REMINDING RESIDENTS THAT FIRE DEBRIS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT ANY COUNTY WASTE DISPOSAL FACILTY NOR WILL IT BE ALLOWED IN ANY GARBAGE BINS OR DUMPSTERS FOR PICKUP. ### THE SANTA CRUZ

CZU Lightning Complex Sep 17: Containment rises to 95%, more than 2,000 still evacuated


Containment on the CZU Lightning Complex increased to 95% as of Thursday morning. While evacuation warnings have dwindled, 2,057 people are still evacuated, according to Cal Fire. State Route-1 is open to thru traffic only, no access to roads off of State Route-1The fire is among the top 10 most destructive fires in California state history. A total of more than 1,100 structures have burned in Santa Cruz County since the fire began Aug. 16. Of those structures, 925 are single-family residences.Fire officials said 86,509 acres have burned so far and destroyed 925 homes. An estimated 3,837 structures remain threatened by the flames in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties.RELATED | Santa Cruz County to open fire recovery centerRELATED | Interactive map of evacuation zones.Santa Cruz County has released an interactive map which shows saved, damaged and destroyed homes from the CZU Lightning Complex. (Link)The Sheriff’s Office reported that one person has been killed. He was identified as Tad Jones, 73, of Last Chance. Related | How to help the Central Coast fire victimsEvacuations Orders in Santa Cruz CountyChalk Mountain (Zone: CRZ-E001)Waddel Creek, Swanton, Last Chance Road, Molina Creek (Zones: CRZ-E002B, CRZ-E003B, CRZ-E010C)Evacuation warningsEvacuation warnings have been placed for the following areas:Bear Creek (Zones: BOU-E008B)Areas in Boulder Creek and Brookdale (Zones: BOU-E006, BOU-E008C BOUE009, BOU-E0010AB, BOU-E0014ABC, BOU-E0015AB, BOU-E0017, BOUE0018, BOU-E0032, BOU-E0033, BOU-E0034, BOU-E0035, BOU-E0039, CRZE0010AB, CRZ-E0011AC, CRZ-E0012AB, CRZ-E0014BC)Big Basin Way, San Lorenzo Park, Upper State Route 236 area (Zones: CRZE002B, CRZ-E013C, BOU-E039, BOU-E040, BOU-E041, BOU-E042, BOUE043)Lower Jamison Creek Road (Zone: BOU-E020)•reas of Bonny Doon, Empire Grade, Pine Flat, Smith Grade, Ice Cream Grade (Zones: CRZ-E04AB, CRZ-E05ABC, CRZ-E06B, CRZ-E008AB)Areas of Alba Road, Hubbard Gulch, and Fanning Grade (Zones: BEN-E001C, CRZ-E011B)Boulder Creek Golf Course Area (Zones: BOU-E022, BOU-E030, BOU-E031)Riverside Grove-Community of Teilh Drive, Wildwood Road (Zones: BOU-E038)Upper HWY 236 past Waterman Gap Loop, Heartwood Hill, Lodge Road,Community of Little Basin, Lower China Grade, Upper China Grade, Gallion Heights, Fallen Leaf Neighborhood, Foxglove Lane (Zones: BOU-E036, BOUE037)Evacuation ResourcesEvacuees can still pick up their mail at set up Post Offices in Santa Cruz County.For residents affected by CZU Lightning Complex, a Resource Center has been established at: Kaiser Permanente Arena 140 Front Street, Santa Cruz. For help with animal evacuations, contact the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter at 831-471-1182. Evacuation site for the county and livestock is Watsonville County Fairgrounds. Call to confirm space if needed.If you are in need of transportation to an evacuation center or other safe destination, contact Lift Line at 831-688-9663For those needing help to find accommodations due to the fires, contact the Red Cross at 866-272-2237 or call 211CAL Fire’s Public Information Office is available to provide updates by calling 831-335-6717Click here to view the county’s fire and evacuation mapShelters are open to county residents. Pets are welcome under the owner’s control. For animal evacuation assistance: Call 831-471-1182Human Services benefits hotline: Call 1-888-421-8080List yourself as “safe and well” at the Red Cross’ website: redcross.org/safeandwell Road ClosuresThe latest county road closures can be viewed here: Click here.Swanton Road entirely at State Route 1, includes Last Chance RoadUpper SR-236 at Waterman Gap LoopLower State Route 236 at Little Basin RoadChina Grade Road at Mile Post Marker 1.71

Containment on the CZU Lightning Complex increased to 95% as of Thursday morning. While evacuation warnings have dwindled, 2,057 people are still evacuated, according to Cal Fire.

State Route-1 is open to thru traffic only, no access to roads off of State Route-1

The fire is among the top 10 most destructive fires in California state history. A total of more than 1,100 structures have burned in Santa Cruz County since the fire began Aug. 16. Of those structures, 925 are single-family residences.

Fire officials said 86,509 acres have burned so far and destroyed 925 homes. An estimated 3,837 structures remain threatened by the flames in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties.

Santa Cruz County has released an interactive map which shows saved, damaged and destroyed homes from the CZU Lightning Complex. (Link)

The Sheriff’s Office reported that one person has been killed. He was identified as Tad Jones, 73, of Last Chance.

Related | How to help the Central Coast fire victims

Evacuations Orders in Santa Cruz County

  • Chalk Mountain (Zone: CRZ-E001)
  • Waddel Creek, Swanton, Last Chance Road, Molina Creek (Zones: CRZ-E002B, CRZ-E003B, CRZ-E010C)

Evacuation warnings

Evacuation warnings have been placed for the following areas:

  • Bear Creek (Zones: BOU-E008B)
  • Areas in Boulder Creek and Brookdale (Zones: BOU-E006, BOU-E008C BOUE009, BOU-E0010AB, BOU-E0014ABC, BOU-E0015AB, BOU-E0017, BOUE0018, BOU-E0032, BOU-E0033, BOU-E0034, BOU-E0035, BOU-E0039, CRZE0010AB, CRZ-E0011AC, CRZ-E0012AB, CRZ-E0014BC)
  • Big Basin Way, San Lorenzo Park, Upper State Route 236 area (Zones: CRZE002B, CRZ-E013C, BOU-E039, BOU-E040, BOU-E041, BOU-E042, BOUE043)
  • Lower Jamison Creek Road (Zone: BOU-E020)
  • •reas of Bonny Doon, Empire Grade, Pine Flat, Smith Grade, Ice Cream Grade (Zones: CRZ-E04AB, CRZ-E05ABC, CRZ-E06B, CRZ-E008AB)
  • Areas of Alba Road, Hubbard Gulch, and Fanning Grade (Zones: BEN-E001C, CRZ-E011B)
  • Boulder Creek Golf Course Area (Zones: BOU-E022, BOU-E030, BOU-E031)
  • Riverside Grove-Community of Teilh Drive, Wildwood Road (Zones: BOU-E038)
  • Upper HWY 236 past Waterman Gap Loop, Heartwood Hill, Lodge Road,
  • Community of Little Basin, Lower China Grade, Upper China Grade, Gallion Heights, Fallen Leaf Neighborhood, Foxglove Lane (Zones: BOU-E036, BOUE037)

Evacuation Resources

Evacuees can still pick up their mail at set up Post Offices in Santa Cruz County.

For residents affected by CZU Lightning Complex, a Resource Center has been established at: Kaiser Permanente Arena 140 Front Street, Santa Cruz.

For help with animal evacuations, contact the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter at 831-471-1182. Evacuation site for the county and livestock is Watsonville County Fairgrounds. Call to confirm space if needed.

  • If you are in need of transportation to an evacuation center or other safe destination, contact Lift Line at 831-688-9663
  • For those needing help to find accommodations due to the fires, contact the Red Cross at 866-272-2237 or call 211
  • CAL Fire’s Public Information Office is available to provide updates by calling 831-335-6717
  • Click here to view the county’s fire and evacuation map
  • Shelters are open to county residents. Pets are welcome under the owner’s control.
  • For animal evacuation assistance: Call 831-471-1182
  • Human Services benefits hotline: Call 1-888-421-8080
  • List yourself as “safe and well” at the Red Cross’ website: redcross.org/safeandwell

Road Closures

The latest county road closures can be viewed here: Click here.

  • Swanton Road entirely at State Route 1, includes Last Chance Road
  • Upper SR-236 at Waterman Gap Loop
  • Lower State Route 236 at Little Basin Road
  • China Grade Road at Mile Post Marker 1.71