Bear, Santa Cruz

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  • Incident Name: Bear, Santa Cruz
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: CZU
  • Size (acres): 391
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: October 26, 2017
  • Personnel: 92
  • Structures Destroyed: 4
Bear, San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit, Cal Fire. Five miles northeast of Boulder Creek, CA. Timber. Minimal fire behavior.

October 24, 2017 at 7:59 AM

All roads are open, however, be advised that all roads in the fire area are private roads. Any public access should be limited to those with official business in the area.

Tuesday is expected to be sunny and warm with temperatures from 80-85 degrees, minimum humidity of 20-25%, and north winds of 3-6 MPH.

BURN BAN REMINDER:  Due to critical weather conditions and fire activity, all Bay Area  CAL FIRE Units, including the San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit implemented a burn suspension banning all outdoor burning as of October 13, 2017. This order is made under the authority vested by the Director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as per section 4423.1 of the Public Resources Code.

October 23, 2017 at 8:20 AM

The evacuation orders that remain in place for the fire area will be lifted at 8:00 a.m. on Monday 10/23/17

Accommodations will be provided as needed for those displaced by the Bear Fire. Please call 1-866-272-2237 for more assistance.

Firefighters continue to reinforce containment lines around the fire and mop up the fire area. Fireline suppression repair activities are underway and may cause temporary road closures on roads in and around the fire.

A high pressure weather system is building and will bring offshore winds and moderate to poor humidity recovery to the Santa Cruz mountains. Tonight will be much drier as the offshore winds start to develop which will bring gusts to around 30 mph possible overnight.

October 21, 2017 at 10:39 AM

Crews continue to establish and reinforce containment lines around the fire while personnel assess fire suppression repair needs. Hazards from fire weakened trees and steep inaccessible terrain continue to present major challenges. Increase in acreage is due to better fire perimeter mapping. Today’s temperatures are expected to range between 59-67 degrees, with a minimum humidity of 55-65%. North winds of 5 MPH shifting to the west are expected in the fire area.

Evacuation orders remain for Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road, and their tributary streets in the fire area. Bear Creek Road between Hawk Ridge Road and Hwy 35 is open to residents only.

Bear Fire Evacuation Centers will be open from 10 am to 4 pm as drop-in information centers beginning 10/19/2017 and will remain open every day until evacuations are lifted. If you are an evacuee needing overnight accommodations please call: 1-866-272-2237.

Residents: Lakeside Elementary: 19621 Black Rd, Los Gatos

Zayante Fire Protection District Station: 7700 E Zayante Rd, Felton

Animals: Horses and Goats – Graham Hill Showgrounds: 1145 Graham Hill Rd, Santa Cruz

Small Animals – Santa Cruz County Animal Services: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz

October 20, 2017 at 6:36 AM

Cool, moist weather conditions have assisted firefighters in containment efforts. Heavy timber and steep inaccessible terrain remains a major challenge.

Santa Cruz County: Evacuation orders remain for Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road, and their tributary streets in the fire area.
Bear Creek Road between Hawk Ridge Road and Hwy 35 is open to residents only.

Evacuation Centers:

Lakeside Elementary: 19621 Black Rd, Los Gatos
Zayante FPD Station: 7700 E Zayante Rd, Felton
Animal Evacuation Shelters:
Horses & Goats: Graham Hill Showgrounds: 1145 Graham Hill Rd, Santa Cruz
Small Animals: Santa Cruz County Animal Services: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz

October 19, 2017 at 10:14 AM

The fire is burning in steep inaccessible terrain covered by drought stressed fuels in heavy timber. Containment efforts have become more effective. Today’s temperatures are expected to range between 61-66 degrees, with minimum humidity of 35-50% throughout the fire area. West winds of 5 MPH are expected today ahead of a front that will bring increasing humidity and a chance of rain later tonight.

Evacuations: Santa Cruz County: Evacuation orders remain for Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road, and their tributary streets in the fire area. Bear Creek Road between Hawk Ridge Road and Hwy 35 will open to residents only at 12:00 PM on 10/19/17.

Las Cumbres
Evacuation orders have been lifted for the Las Cumbres and Skyline Blvd. communities.

Areas South of Bear Creek Rd.
Evacuation orders have been lifted for areas south of Bear Creek Road such as Hidden

Springs Lane, Moon Rise Road, Mustang Mesa, and Bear Creek Way.
Areas still under Evacuation and Closed Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road, and their tributary streets in the effected fire area will remain closed.

Evacuation Centers:

Lakeside Elementary: 19621 Black Rd, Los Gatos
Zayante FPD Station: 7700 E Zayante Rd, Felton
Animal Evacuation Shelters:
Horses & Goats: Graham Hill Showgrounds: 1145 Graham Hill Rd, Santa Cruz
Small Animals: Santa Cruz County Animal Services: 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz

Road Closures:
• Bear Creek Road from Hawk Ridge Road to Hwy 35 – OPEN TO RESIDENTS ONLY
• Sunset Ridge Road – OPEN TO RESIDENTS ONLY
• Deer Creek Road
• Bear Creek Canyon Road
• Hartman Creek Road
• Dons Lane
• Rons Road

7 injuries have been reported and 300 structures remain threatened.