Evacuations Needed in California Wildfires

WATSONVILLE, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) — Winds were diminishing late Sunday and firefighters said they were making progress on a wildfire that had prompted California officials to order evacuations.

The fire in Santa Cruz County had consumed about 600 acres and was 20 percent contained by nightfall, officials said. The fire broke out about 3 a.m. PDT Sunday and authorities ordered residents to evacuate about 150 homes in north of Watsonville, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A trailer and two outbuildings had burned, the newspaper said.

The fire originated bear California Route 17 on the border of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties, Cherie Alver of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. For much of the day the weather was warm and windy — with gusts as high as 35 mph driving the fire.

Investigators had not determined the cause of the fire.

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