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Wildland Fire 6-20-13
Posted Date: 6/21/2013

What-Nature of Event:             

Wildland Fire

When-Time and Date:

3:09 P.M. June 20, 2013

Where-Address of Event:

SR 17 & Hwy 1 (Fishhook)



Describe the Event:                         

At 3:09 P.M. Santa Cruz City Fire was dispatched to a reported brush fire near the fishhook on SR 17. The communications center was receiving multiple calls about the fire. Upon the arrival of the fire units, the fire was burning up the hill towards the Tanner Heights neighborhood and directly above the Elks Club on Jewell street. Fire crews were sent to Tanner Heights to protect homes in that area. Upon arrival the crews found an advancing fire at the homes, which the crews were able to stop the structures from burning. Fire crews also attacked the fire from the highway and were able to control both flanks of the fire. The Pasatiempo neighborhood was checked for any fire in that area. Santa Cruz City Fire was assisted by Cal Fire, Scotts Valley and Central Fire who provided engines, hand crews and aircraft. The Cal Fire helicopter was utilized to assist with water drops on the fire. A bulldozer from Cal Fire was able to construct a line around the left side of the fire. One civilian from the Elks Lodge was treated for smoke inhalation and there were no injuries to any firefighters. The fire is currently being investigated and is considered suspicious at this time. Investigators found several separate fires near the highway. Two subjects were detained and being questioned by Santa Cruz Police detectives. The fire was contained to 3 acres with no homes destroyed. Crews remained on the scene for 7 hours and a fire crew will be checking for hot spots throughout the night.


Agencies Involved:

Santa Cruz City Fire & Police, Cal Fire, Scotts Valley Fire, Central Fire, AMR and Santa Cruz Sheriffs.

Number of Apparatus:

11 engines, 2 water tenders, 4 hand crews, 1 dozer, 1 helicopter, 3 aircraft, 4 Battalion Chiefs

Number of Firefighters: 


Estimated Loss & Save

 $5000.00 Loss,  3 million save                          

Additional Information: 

A defensible space on one residence assisted with slowing the fire down and allowed crews to extinguish the fire.



Battalion Chief Mike Venezio


June 20, 2013