Cartoon fire spreads across California as California forest fires intensify

A cartoon fire has engulfed a California forest, spreading to other parts of the state and threatening thousands of homes and businesses, authorities said Monday.

The fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains burned for hours before it was put out on Monday evening.

A spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said the fire was reported about 7 p.m. local time and was contained around 6 a.m., with no injuries reported.

The agency said it was working to determine what caused the blaze.

Firefighters responded to the blaze, located about 1,300 feet (460 meters) from Highway 101 in the Sierra Nevada foothills, at about 3:30, officials said.

The blaze prompted the closure of some roads and shuttered businesses in the region, including the Pacific Grill restaurant chain in the town of Hacienda Viejo.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, which was on site Monday night, said it has not determined a cause for the blaze and has not issued any mandatory evacuations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.