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Lockheed Fire - Santa Cruz, CA

Lockheed Fire, Santa Cruz County, CA

Responding: 16

Sandra Stewart

Mirna Recoder

Karen Oliver

Tim Martin

Frans Hoffman

Erika Iwinski

Noell Crosse

Rick Prock

Charlie Crosby

Kris Avery

Mari Donovan

Karen Oberdorfer

Kim DeWoody

Mina Johnson

Daphne Williams

Hours Logged 268.5

Animals Cared for 124

While not long in duration, the Lockheed response was an outstanding opportunity for Region 1 volunteers to respond to the call to action. A number of the participating volunteers were just trained earlier this year and very eager to try their new skills. Within 6 hours of receiving the call to assist with large animals at the fairgrounds in Watsonville (the location where search and rescue teams, as well as evacuated residents were sheltering their livestock and horses) volunteers were on location.

When contacted by Santa Cruz County Animal Control, Noah's Wish was asked to provide 15 volunteers, we are proud to say that by 10pm Friday night all fifteen were there.

The team cared for 120 animals at the fairgrounds over the weekend. On Sunday morning they were released to return home when it was announced the fire was 65% contained and evacuation orders would be lifted later in the day for the more than 2,000 residents in the Bonny Doon area that had been forced from their homes earlier in the week.

Sunady August 16, 2009 9:00am

As of the 8:00am briefing the Lockheed fire is 50% contained, and a marine layer has moved ashore, cooling temperatures and adding much needed humidity that will be a boon in getting control of the blaze. Noah's Wish volunteers have been authorized to demobilize and head for home. County animal control will assume the role the volunteers were fulfilling until evacuation orders are lifted, perhaps later today. Thank you to everyone that responded so quickly when needed.

Saturday August 15, 2009 1:00pm

Volunteers from across Northern California began arriving at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds early yesterday afternoon to care for the horses and livestock displaced by the Lockheed fire burning near Boony Doon. Volunteers find themselves caring for everything from llamas, goats, chickens, turkeys and geese to horses. As of 1:00pm this afternoon, evacuations remain in place for the communities of Bonny Doon and Swanton affecting 2,000-2,400 people.

Authorities believe that some evacuees may be able to return home as early as tomorrow if all goes well today.

Friday August 14, 2009 7:00am

Noah's Wish has been asked by Santa Cruz Animal Control to assist with their sheltering operation at the fairgrounds in Watsonville. Volunteers in Region 1 are responding and the first are expected to arrive this afternoon.

Thursday August 13, 2009 

As of noon, between 500 and 1,000 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders, with an additional 300 people in the Swanton area also evacuated. The fire has burned 2,800 acres with 0% containment, additional resources are being brought in to help control the blaze.

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