Martin Fire to be contained tonight


Good weather is helping firefighters toward their goal of total containment; there are light winds, low heat and high humidity today, a dispatcher said. About 800 firefighters are still fighting the fire, which started around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The flames have consumed around 600 acres.

Cal Fire officials have said that the fire is contained within the perimeter of Empire Grade Road to the east, Smith Grade Road to the south, Pine Flat Road to the west and Ice Cream Grade Road to the north.

Damage assessment teams confirmed that at least two of the 10 structures that burned are homes, Cal Fire spokesman Bill Peters said. Fire officials hope to have more clarification tomorrow.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for Santa Cruz County on Thursday.

About 1,500 residents of the Bonny Doon area were evacuated after the fire started. A shelter was set up at San Lorenzo Valley Middle School in Felton.

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