"We're looking good right now," said Justin Smith, a spokesman for CalFire.
"We fully anticipate that we will have taken care of this by 8 a.m. tomorrow morning (in terms of containment.)"
noted that containment only means that the spread of the fire has been stopped and that a fireline has been set up around the blaze.
Additional mop up of the conflagration could take a week or so, and fire suppression activities may continue for another month or so.
The Loma fire started in southern Santa Clara County about 3 a.m. Sunday and quickly moved into Santa Cruz County, where it has generally remained.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Smith
could not confirm other reports that CalFire
had started the blaze, adding that CalFire
would look into numerous possible causes.
has since called off all evacuation notices.
Although some residents heeded the warnings of emergency officials, heading to hotels or to the homes of neighbors or relatives, Smith said a Red Cross evacuation center set up at Mount Madonna School near Watsonville remains unused.
anticipated that roads in the area, which are now only open to residents, should be opened to the public by early Wednesday.
Although winds are expected to reach 20 to 30 mph tonight with gusts between 40 to 50 mph, firefighters do not expect as much of a battle because the blaze is mostly under control, he
"The good news is that we've taken a lot of the heat out of the fire," Smith
Low winds of only 6 to 10 mph worked in firefighters' favor Monday, Smith
By contrast, 30 mph winds Sunday caused major problems for firefighters.
depended on airtankers Sunday to help extinguish the blaze, Smith
said the bulk of the fire suppression efforts are now being spent on the ground.