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February 25, 2021
czu august lightning complex fire

Cool weather helps firefighters notch ‘best day yet’

SCOTTS VALLEY—Cool, moist weather throughout the day continued to help firefighters battle the CZU August Lightning Complex fires, which have now scorched 78,684 acres,...
Cabrillo College name change

Most Santa Cruz County schools close for the week

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Cabrillo College on Monday joined most school districts across Santa Cruz County when officials announced that classes will be canceled through Aug....
CZU August Lightning Complex

Weather gives firefighters a break; CZU Complex fires 5% contained

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS—Mother Nature is lending a hand in the fight against the CZU August Lightning Complex fires in the Santa Cruz mountains. Cal Fire...
CZU August Lightning Complex Fires

Firefighters get first ‘jump’ on CZU Complex fires

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS—Seven days into the battle against the CZU August Lightning Complex fires, Cal Fire officials announced Saturday morning that they were able...
CZU August Lightning Complex Fires

Deputies arrest 5 suspected looters, as CZU Lightning Complex fires grow

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS—Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday arrested five people suspected of looting evacuated homes on Fall Creek Drive, a small community...
lakeview middle school evacuation center

Evacuation center at Lakeview Middle School opens

WATSONVILLE—An additional evacuation center for Santa Cruz County residents fleeing the CZU August Lightning Complex Fires opened Friday night at Lakeview Middle School in...
County of Santa Cruz budget

County’s budget cuts to Sheriff’s Office eased

SANTA CRUZ— The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an $874 million budget for the coming year that includes cuts and...
Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County asks visitors to leave as fires spread down...

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center is requesting that all tourists and visitors occupying local overnight accommodations such as hotels, motels...
CZU August Lightning Complex Fire

County Fairgrounds sets up shelter for fire evacuees

WATSONVILLE—Cal Fire on Tuesday night ordered more than 22,000 residents in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties to evacuate as the CZU August Lightning...
housing for the harvest

New housing program helps farmworkers during Covid-19 pandemic

WATSONVILLE—Gov. Gavin Newsom on July 24 revealed a new temporary housing program that aims to help agricultural workers across the state better protect themselves...