Friday, October 20, 1911 - Santa Cruz Evening News
FIRE DESTROYS 10,000 POSTS
BLAZE ON NEWELL AND LOMPICO CREEKS STILL BURNING. NO TIMBER DESTROYED.
The brush and forest fire which has been burning on Newell creek for the past five or six days, burning over two or three hundred acres of land belonging to the Santa Clara Valley mill and lumber company, and Hartman and Peery, of Boulder Creek, yesterday began burning along Lompico creek, but not with any particular fiercness.
The biggest loss that has occured so far from the fire was the destruction on the flames yesterday of 10,000 posts, valued at about $1600 and belonging to the Earle company. No timber has been destroyed by the fire yet, most of the area burned over being brush land or stumpage land.
Fire Warden Welch, in speaking of the fire, said to The News this afternoon:
"It is suprosing, the 'don't care' attitude of the people living near the fire when I questioned them concerning the progress of the fire. Not a soul that I talked to seemed to take the slightest interest in the matter. The fire, when I left last evening, was also burning on Lompico creek on property belonging, I think, to the Ponsanos, of Santa Cruz.
"There is no valuable timber ahead of the fire now and it may burn itself out. There is no need of the county going to any expense to fight the fire in its present position. If it goes over the ridge into the Zayante this will be a different matter."