Photo by Stephen de Ropp
Photo by Stephen de Ropp

Update 9/28 8:35 p.m.: Fire now covers 2,865 acres and is 22% contained.

Update 9/27 8:14 p.m.: Loma Fire spreads to 2250 acres and containment increases to 10 percent.

Update 9/27 1:44 p.m.: The fire has reached 1500 acres (2.34 square miles) and is 5 percent contained. Over 500 fire personnel are battling the blaze as it spreads from Santa Clara County into Santa Cruz County. Two structures have been destroyed, and hundreds of people have been evacuated.

Update 9/26 10:00 p.m.: The “Loma Fire” is now 1000 acres and is expected to continue to grow overnight. Evacuation centers have been set up at Soquel High School, Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church and the Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos.

Firefighters from CalFire and local agencies are responding to a large wildfire that has broken out off of Loma Prieta Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains. According to CalFire, it is approximately 400 acres and is threatening at least 300 structures. The fire is spreading at a rapid rate but as of 3:00 p.m. there have been no injuries reported. Motorists traveling on Highway 17 are advised to use caution and be aware of emergency vehicles in the roadway. City on a Hill Press will update this story as it develops.