Firefighters continue to battle 150-acre blaze

Battalion chief: 'We're not out of the woods yet'

A wildfire burning in the hills above Cupertino near the Stevens Creek Reservoir was holding at 150 acres, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Ken McGeever said Thursday evening in an updated report.

"We're trying to hold it on the ridgeline, and we're not out of the woods yet," the battalion chief said. "We'll be out there all night, and out there tomorrow because we're wary that this isn't over yet."

The blaze is burning in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Two firefighters have been treated for injuries; one had heat exhaustion and the other had an unidentified injury. Both were in stable condition.

McGeever said that all-night closures were expected for Montebello Road and also for Stevens Canyon Road.

People living in about 25 residences voluntarily evacuated and the staff of Camp Costanoan also agreed to evacuate, the chief said.

The fire started around 11:45 a.m. between state Highway 35 and Stevens Creek Reservoir.

Crews discovered downed power lines near the fire's origin, but the cause of the flames remains under investigation, McGeever said.

— Bay City News Service


Posted by Angie, a resident of Woodside
on Aug 30, 2007 at 10:09 pm

Fires in the Santa Cruz Mountains is scary stuff. Remember the fire at Lexington in the 1980s?

Posted by me, a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2007 at 10:27 pm

what about the power loss to Boulder creek? power
lines fell during this fire and took out power to a
majority of boulder creek from noon until just now,
1015pm when it came back on. ask PGE

Posted by Steve Kennedy, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 31, 2007 at 11:05 am

These firefighters have their work cut out for them.
For a good look at the complex issues of suburban forest fires, fire safety and the environment do a Google search on "Cannonball Express" and video surf through the site I built around the script for this video project. Your comments and criticisms are welcome in the GuestBook.
I'll be in the burn area to talk to homeowners when the roads around Stevens Creek Reservoir are open again. I'm at Tahoe now talking to stakeholders involved with the $175 million Angora Fire. I've adapted the screenplay for an Alpine version and plan to be filming here next June. Wish me luck.

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