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Woke up, flipped on the news & saw footage for a fire burning at Summit Rd & Loma Prieta Rd.

For some reason NBC11 reports it near Mt Madonna

http://www.nbc11.com/news/16361285/detail.html?dl=mainclick

At least 100 acres have burned near Mount Madonna County Park about 10 miles west of Gilroy.

The fire started at about 6 a.m. Thursday off Summit Road near Loma Prieta Road in the Felton area of the Santa Cruz mountains.

WATCH LIVE: Chopper11 Over The Wildfire

CalFire crews are at the scene and are dispatching a helicopter to the area.

Several homes and ranches are scattered throughout the mountainous area. Chopper11 showed at least one structure destroyed by the flames.

Chopper11 shows flames burning out of control and smoke spreading for several miles.
 

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Looks like a BIG one. Saw it on the news this morning, and the smoke is easily visible from Fremont-Union City.

Had plans for a big Demo training ride on Saturday, but it looks like I will be hitting the road instead.

Hope everyone stays safe in the mountains. It's going to be a tough weekend for firefighters and residents.
 

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Anyone know which way it's burning?

I've been watching the live feed on abc7news, but can't orient myself. My folks have a summer cabin off Old San Jose Road. They're about 10 miles away from where the fire originated (appears to be near Summit Store). This fire is going to be huge...
 

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I did see a graphic that showed the smoke heading south towards the Monterey area, so my wild guess is thats the direction the fire is heading. I believe 152 is either closed or is almost closed so they can get fire trucks up there, and Pole Line Rd is closed to residents only
 

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For anyone that was considering going to the Demo today, they are reporting that they are shutting down Summit Rad now to make it easier for CDF. In case there was any question before - you shouldn't go.
 

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Worrisome about Soquel

KGO radio (810 AM) has been having excellent fire coverage. One report, either on it or KCBS, is that the fire began around 5:00 a.m. at 715 Ormsby Trail. (Of course information at this point is highly unreliable.) As most of us know, Ormsby Trail is the paved private road that goes to the left at the intersection of Highland Way and (I think) Buzzard Lagoon Road--i.e., the intersection 2 miles south of the Soquel parking lot where you transition from pavement to dirt and start climbing past the paintballers' area.

If this is accurate, I wonder if it has gone into the Nisene Marks-Soquel Demo area, or whether it's headed in the other direction and away from Demo.

Too bad about the Highland Way road closure. It's probably making it harder for firefighters to gain access.
 

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The wind is generally blowing the fire east and se, which means it should be going away from nisene marks and demo. How heavily populated is that area? Never really driven down that area, or know anyone that lives around the Ormsby Trail.
 

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Here's a satpix that shows the origin of the plume:

http://tinyurl.com/3uhkpp

(Edited to shorten the 200-character URL I originally posted.)

In my experience it's rare to be able to see smoke from fires on this sat view, which is tuned to the IR wavelength of fog and cloud. Must be a fast fire.

The sun is the color of a red traffic light down here on the south side of M'Bay, looks like an angry red searchlight.

Eddy
 

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It's crazy. I was bookended by fire trucks coming up Hwy. 101 this morning. I guess they're tackling the fire from the other end? I got off on Cochrane Avenue in Morgan Hill and they were still headed down 101.

The trucks at the CDF station next door are all gone, naturally, fortunately.
 
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