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Over 1,000 Firefighters Battling Santa Cruz Fire

Cooler, but stronger winds could work for or against firefighters battling the Loma Fire. The flames are centered on Loma Prieta, the tallest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Evacuations were lifted Wednesday afternoon for all Santa Cruz County residents, but road closures remain in effect for non-residents.

Firefighters have sent in reinforcements for the fire.

“We were at 500 on Monday, yesterday we were at 800, today we’re over 1,000. It doesn’t matter what patch is on the side of a person’s fire engine or a uniform. It’s a single fire service and it’s a single mission to fight this fire,” said CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox.