Local conservation corps office sends 78 to Santa Cruz fire

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As fires burn throughout the state, local California Conservation Corps members have also contributed their time and help. About 78 Corps personnel from the Auburn office, which includes the Sacramento and Napa areas, have been dispatched to the Lockheed Fire in Santa Cruz as of Monday, according to Rod Thornhill, director of the Corps’ Auburn office. As of Monday, the Lockheed Fire had burned 7,017 acres and was 65 percent contained. About 2,400 residents were forced to evacuate the area last week. Sunday afternoon, about 2,200 residents were allowed to return to their homes. Thornhill said Corps members provide support for fire crews. Statewide, about 306 Corps members are helping at the various fires burning in California. “We are an emergency response and we prepare for things like this through training,” Thornhill said. “We’re here to respond to any emergency in California.” ~ Jenifer Gee