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Change in weather helps firefighters in Santa Cruz Mountains

Falling temperatures and light winds came at a critical juncture Wednesday for firefighters battling a blaze in the Santa Cruz Mountains that threatened hundreds of structures and forced dozens of people to flee their homes. Increased humidity and a 10-degree drop in high temperatures prompted optimism among those fighting the Loma Fire, which has burned 2,250 acres of rugged terrain since igniting Monday near Loma Prieta Avenue and Loma Chiquita Road west of Morgan Hill.
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