Sep 29, 9:37 PM EDT

California wildfire destroys 8 homes, injures firefighterA wildfire in a mostly remote area of California's Santa Cruz Mountains has now destroyed eight homes and sent a firefighter to the hospital, officials said ThursdayCalifornia wildfire destroys 8 homes, injures firefighterA wildfire in a mostly remote area of California's Santa Cruz Mountains has now destroyed eight homes and sent a firefighter to the hospital, officials said Thursday

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MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) -- A wildfire in a mostly remote area of California's Santa Cruz Mountains has now destroyed eight homes and sent a firefighter to the hospital, officials said Thursday.

One firefighter was injured and hospitalized, but no details were given on his condition.

The blaze burning for three days had previously only burned one home. It's not clear whether the destruction of seven more houses is new or just newly discovered by firefighters surveying burned-out areas.

Despite the damage, cooler weather and additional firefighters had officials hopeful Thursday that the blaze would be contained in days.

Full containment was expected by Monday, though wind gusts of up to 35 mph forecast for Friday night could complicate the firefight, state fire Capt. Mike Perez said. The fire has burned 6