Chelsea George, also a dear friend from my writers' group, took this photo, above, on Wednesday, just as the fire started in the hills of Bonny Doon, a mountain community near UC Santa Cruz.
As of June 15, 2008, at 7 a.m., the Sentinel newspaper reports that the Martin Fire (named for a road in Bonny Doon)
Cause: Under Investigation
Acres Burned: 520 acres
Containment 90 percent containment - 520 acres
Structures Destroyed: 3 residences and 8 outbuildings have been destroyed.
Total Fire Personnel: 901 (541 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 29 (17 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 67 (41 CAL FIRE)
Helicopters: 3 (1 CAL FIRE)
Dozers: 5 (All CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 19
Costs to date: $3.2 million