Environment & Science

Loma Fire destroys a dozen more homes near Santa Cruz

A hot tub rests in front of a residence leveled by the Loma fire along Loma Chiquita Road on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, near Morgan Hill, Calif. More California residents were ordered from their homes Tuesday as a growing wildfire threatened remote communities in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
A hot tub rests in front of a residence leveled by the Loma fire along Loma Chiquita Road on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, near Morgan Hill, Calif. More California residents were ordered from their homes Tuesday as a growing wildfire threatened remote communities in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Noah Berger/AP

 A wildfire burning in northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains has destroyed a dozen homes and 16 other structures.

The number released by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on Saturday is up from the eight homes and nine other structures reported destroyed a day earlier.

The blaze has charred nearly 7 square miles and is still threatening 163 structures.

Fire: Loma Fire

Hundreds of residents were evacuated from both Santa Cruz and Santa Clara county neighborhoods after the blaze started Monday.

Mandatory evacuations were lifted for Santa Cruz County. But they remain in effect for Santa Clara County, where most of the threatened structures are located.

Fire officials expect full containment by early next week.