Firefighters contained the Lick Fire in Henry W. Coe State Park at 7 a.m. today, Cal-Fire spokesman Henry DeKruyff said.
The blaze, which began on Labor Day when a fire in an illegal burn
barrel got out of control, charred 47,760 acres - making it one of the
largest fires in Santa Clara County history. Most of the land burned is
in back country of the state's second largest park, but the blaze also
consumed private property.
Fire crews will remain on site through the weekend, DeKruyff said.
They'll work on strengthening firebreaks made to control the blaze.
Crews will also repair narrow dirt roads that were torn up by fire
engines as firefighters made their way down steep canyons to battle the
About half of the firefighters working the fire have been released,
DeKruyff said. About 940 will remain at the base camp in Gilroy through
On Monday firefighters built a firebreak on the last troublesome two-mile stretch of the Lick Fire.
Cal Fire officials said last week that the person responsible for
starting the blaze, when flames escaped a barrel being used to burn
debris, has stepped forward.
On Monday, Cal Fire referred calls to the district attorney's office.
So far, the cost of fighting the fire has climbed to $9.3 million.
That price tag is likely to mount further, however, as several fire
crews will stay at the site for the next two weeks, mopping up as
helicopters drop water on remaining hot spots.
don't want this thing coming back to life," Cal Fire spokesman Chris Morgan said.