Officials announce control of Summit Fire

June 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
More than three weeks after the Summit Fire ripped through 35 homes and 4,200 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the blaze has been declared under control, a Cal Fire battalion chief said today. "We've watched it for a few days," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Van Gerwen said. The fire, which broke out May 22 east of Corralitos and west of Morgan Hill, was officially called under control at 8 a.m. today, according to Van Gerwen. An engine patrol will continue to monitor the area as a precaution and there will be occasional flyovers to detect areas of heat using infrared technology. "It might detect one or two (hotspots) but they're very interior in the fire's perimeter and we're confident it won't pose a threat at all," Van Gerwen said. The fire, which was contained May 27, destroyed more than 60 outbuildings in addition to the 35 residences.