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California heat wave intensifies wildfire threatening homes

Evacuee and resident Doreenann Bellamy said the high temperatures and area vegetation created a ideal environment for a wildfire.

More California residents were ordered from their homes Tuesday as a growing wildfire threatened remote communities in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The so-called Loma Fire broke out on Monday afternoon and has scorched more than 1,000 acres about 10 miles northwest of the town of Morgan Hill, fire officials said.

As of the morning of September 28, the fire is about 10 percent contained.

The fire started Monday during a heat wave that brought low humidity and temperatures in the upper 90s to much of California.

Streck further added that the fire may be pushed by the winds in many directions, as its location is on top of a mountain.

One firefighter was injured in a fierce overnight firefight to keep the blaze from progressing west to Santa Cruz County over the ridge of the 3,790-foot Loma Prieta Mountain, officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The fire's cause remained under investigation.

More than 60 miles to the south, firefighters on Tuesday continued to make progress against the more than two-month old Soberanes Fire.

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Officials said, the city of Morgan Hill are not threatened and there is no expectation that the fire will spread to the area.

In addition, Johnson said he cleared the brush and trimmed the trees around his house to take away fuel a fire would need to burn.

The Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church on DeWitt Avenue is a Red Cross evacuation center for residents displaced by the fire.

"That's it; that's what matters", Mays told the newspaper Monday.

The blaze sparked on the southern edge of Santa Clara County is also threatening television and radio towers. A hot tub rests in front of a home leveled by the Loma fire along Loma Chiquita Road on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. He also pointed to the fact that the drought conditions have also acted as a factor for the fire's rapid growth.

She said the crew called in the fire and that the pilot dropped off several firefighters.

Anthony Lopez returned Tuesday to check on his home, still under an evacuation order, and was overjoyed to find his dozens of marijuana plants intact and his 1972 Buick Skylark uncharred.

"What's unique about what we're seeing, and we've seen this the last couple of years, is this fire is spreading very fast, very aggressively in nearly the complete absence of wind", he said.

Loma Fire Information Officer Bill Murphy agreed. Embers from the flaming trees landed on the roofs of 13 homes.

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