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* Update-Santa Cruz Fire Burns Home and Two Outbuildings

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A wildfire burning northwest of Gilroy in the Santa Cruz Mountains has burned one home and two outbuildings, a Cal Fire battalion chief said this afternoon. The Loma Fire started at about 3 a.m. and had burned 600 acres near Maymens Flat Road by 9 a.m., Cal Fire spokeswoman Colleen Baxter said. The blaze was 5 percent contained by about 10 a.m., Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jim Crawford said. Mandatory evacuations were in place for the Ormsby Cutoff area. About 100 homes are threatened and some roads have been closed. More than 200 people were fighting the blaze at around 2:30 p.m., and 1,200 people were expected to be working the Loma Fire by tonight, he said. Cal Fire information line (831) 335-6717 Battalion Chief Jim Crawford, Cal Fire (408) 472-1609

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