On Monday, May 30 around 5:00 pm Cal Fire reported a vegetation fire in the hills above Fern Drive north of downtown Boulder Creek and west of Highway 9. The fire was reported to be a quarter acre and slow-moving with favorable wind conditions. One helicopter, two air tankers and a spotter plane were dispatched. Ground crews at that time were trying to gain access to the site over difficult terrain. No structures were threatened.
Within 40 minutes Cal Fire’s update indicated two engines from Santa Cruz County Fire & Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene with two helicopters and tankers released. Good progress with light winds and 50% humidity.
Within an hour the fire was reported to be contained with crews remaining on-site for several hours to mop up hot spots. Cal Fire reported, “Currently, 5 CAL FIRE engines, 1 Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department engine, 1 water tender, a Ben Lomond hand crew, one helicopter from CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit are on scene. No structures or power lines are threatened.”
Cal Fire posted images of the view of the #FernFire from the ground. Images show the difficult terrain. Cal Fire reported, “The final acreage is just under .5 acre. Fire burned in heavy timber, so a dozer was called in to make access. Two engines will remain on scene overnight.”
Photos from Cal Fire CZU