The Loma Fire began on Monday, September 26 and burned a total of 4,474 acres off Loma Prieta Road and Loma Chiquita Road about 10 miles NW of Morgan Hill. The burn area included a portion of Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve.
The Preserve is closed until further notice, while Open Space Authority staff assess the damage from the fire. OSA staff were onsite throughout, working closely with CalFire to help guide the response to the fire and coordinate use of Hidden Lake as a water source for firefighting.
Fortunately, there were no major injuries or human lives lost. Reported property losses include 12 single residences and 16 outbuildings.
CalFire urges non-residents to stay out of the vicinity of the burned area. As fire crews and equipment remain in the fire area, please drive slowly and use caution.