June 12, 2008
Fire raging in Santa Cruz mountains
Update: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in Santa Cruz County as a result of the wildfire burning there.

"... The state is committed to doing whatever it takes to assist the locals and provide the resources needed to battle the Martin fire," Schwarzenegger stated in news release issued late Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, the governor directed additional resources and personnel to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Office of Emergency Services to aid in aggressive firefighting efforts.

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A 700-acre fire is spreading rapidly in the Santa Cruz mountains west of San Jose and is threatening more than 1,000 homes.

The Martin fire began just before 3 p.m. Wednesday near Highway 9, near the town of Bonny Doon. The fire, which is burning heavy brush and pine, is 5 percent contained, according to online California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection fire information, which was updated at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

The fire is threatening 1,000 homes, 50 commercial business and 50 outbuildings. Mandatory evacuations are in place for Bonny Doon. A large number of road closures also are in place.

An evacuation center has been set up at the San Lorenzo Valley Middle School off Highway 9 in Felton.