Schwarzenegger declares state of emergency for Santa Cruz County

May 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency for Santa Cruz County as a wildfire continues to rage through the mountains there today. The Summit Fire has burned several homes, forced evacuations and closed schools near Corralitos.

The fire has consumed more than 3,000 acres and continues to spread.

Hundreds of people fled as the nearly 4-square-mile fire continued to grow despite more than 500 firefighters and a swarm of tanker planes and helicopters dousing the area.

Residents of hundreds of homes were asked to leave, but many are unoccupied vacation houses. No injuries had been reported.


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