Bear Fire in Santa Cruz mountains claims four homes

- Cal Fire crews are battling the Bear Fire in the Santa Cruz mountains for a second day on Wednesday, as the fire has burned four homes, scarred 270 acres and injured six firefighters - the last injury was a second-degree burn to a hand.

First a little good news-- the weather seems to be cooperating with firefighters with cooler temperatures and fog and the fire was 10 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

But on Monday night, when the fire broke out along Bear Creek Road, they didn’t have a chance to gather much before running from the flames.

“Everything’s gone,” Sandra Wood said. “It’s one of the ones that is gone. We had a really nice place.”

About 100 homes remained threatened on Wednesday. But the location of this fire is not threatening a wider swath than this rugged area.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Angela Bernheisel said crews would be "hitting it hard today" with air tankers and other efforts, adding that the steep terrain is making the effort tougher. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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