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Fire in Santa Cruz Mountains growing rapidly.

A forest fire that apparently started somewhere near the entrance to Mt. Madonna Park in the coastal mountains between Watsonville and Gilroy is spreading rapidly this morning, already at 2000 2500+ acres, whipped up by blustery spring winds. Here's a Google Map of the approximate area where the fire was reported. Apparently the area current area at risk extends along the west side of the coastal summit regions in a rough triangle between the Forest of the Niscene Marks, Uvas Canyon County Park, and Mount Madonna County Park. 

Over 500 fire crew are already on the scene, but the fire is still 0% contained, with evacuations being the primary concern. Fire crews are trying to keep the fire west of Summit Rd. Although this isn't a highly populated area, ten houses have been burned down so far, with several others threatened. Embers are being blown across fire lines, and there are reports of smoke and ash over Northern Monterey County, with reports of ashes falling as far away as Salinas. Winds are currently pushing this fire southeast, towards Corralitos, which is populated, forested, and potentially in danger from this fire.

The Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue Team have a blog up at http://lomaprietafire.blogspot.com where they are posting photos and updates today. NBC11 is doing Live news coverage of the event.

Please post comments to pass along information. I will try to update this post throughout the day.

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