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LPVFR News:
  • Nov 11, 2016: Cal Fire issued a news release stating that the San Mateo Santa Cruz Unit is transitioning out of peak fire season. They are monitoring conditions constantly, however, and will increase staffing if conditions warrant.

  • Oct 12, 2016: Cal Fire has lifted the burn ban thanks to recent rains. This applies to agricultural and hazard burns with proper, valid permits. Backyard burn season doesn't start until at least Dec 1 in Santa Cruz County. (There is no backyard burn season in Santa Clara County.) Press Release PDF

  • Oct 12, 2016: The Loma Fire is declared 100% contained.

  • Oct 9, 2016: Is a Spare The Air day in areas covered by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, particularly Santa Clara County. See sparetheair.org for more information.

  • Sep 26, 2016: The Loma Fire begins in the Casa Loma and Loma Chiquita area. Fast moving and highly destructive, it forced evacuations in much of the Casa Loma area. Cal Fire reports 12 residences destroyed and 1 damaged, along with 16 outbuildings. It grew to 4,474 acres in short order. As of 10/9/16 it is still reported as 95% contained and there are flareups within the perimeter with some frequency. Evacuations are lifted, however, and the community of Casa Loma is starting to work on recovery. For more fire info, visit the fire information page, and to assist the victims, visit the fire assistance page.
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