Number of Wildfires Grows Over Summer
Two sepaFire Timelinerate wildfires broke out on campus in August. The first occurred early on Aug. 9 near the North Remote Parking Lot, caused by an improperly extinguished campfire that spread out of control. Campus police Chief Nader Oweis said five fire agencies responded, including the City of Santa Cruz Fire Department, Cal Fire and the City of Scotts Valley Fire Department.
Fire Near Hahn Ruled as Arson
A fire that was ignited in a ravine below Hahn Student Services was the most recent in a series of fires on or near campus. The fire took place on Oct. 9 and was responded to at 2:40 p.m. UCSC chief-of police Nader Oweis said a Cal Fire investigator found that the fire was caused by arson.