Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Chris Clark talks to reporters Saturday.

SCOTTS VALLEY—The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 34-year-old Boulder Creek resident in connection to explosive devices found earlier this week while responding to the CZU August Lightning Complex fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

SCCSO Chief Deputy Chris Clark in a Saturday evening press conference said Andrew Pace faces charges of manufacturing an explosive device. He was arrested late Friday afternoon, Clark said.

Clark said deputies found pipe bombs near the Boulder Creek Golf Course on the 100 block of Lake Drive.

Cal Fire on Saturday said the fire has burned 84,338 acres and that it is now 33% contained. More than 1,000 structures have been destroyed, all but 20 of them in Santa Cruz County. More than 9,000 structures are still threatened.

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Tony Nuñez is a longtime member of the Watsonville community who served as Sports Editor of The Pajaronian for five years and three years as Managing Editor. He is a Watsonville High, Cabrillo College and San Jose State University alumnus.


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