11-day Lockheed Fire fully contained
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After burning in the hills north and west of Bonny Doon for 11 days, the Lockheed Fire was fully contained by Cal Fire crews earlier this week.

By final count, the fire burned 7,817 acres — 14 times more than the 525-acre Martin Fire that burned much of the Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve in June 2008.

The cost of containing the fire reached $26.6 million, while 13 outbuildings were destroyed and one more was damaged. Four of the structures were seasonal cabins, according to Cal Fire reports.

The fire was first reported at 7:16 p.m. Aug. 12 and doubled in size over the next two days.

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi declared a state of emergency, and Cal Fire crews swarmed to Davenport and Bonny Doon from around the state.

Air tankers dropping fire retardant and air attack helicopters, along with hand crews and bulldozers along a fire line, were instrumental in battling the blaze on hilly, forested terrain.

The fire was completely contained as of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23. However, Cal Fire warns that smoldering brush and stumps remain in the burned area.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.
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