Marcio Jose Sanchez  /  AP
A sign thanks firefighters as they battled a wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Gilroy, Calif., on Saturday.
updated 5/28/2008 11:12:10 AM ET 2008-05-28T15:12:10

Residents in central California have been allowed home now that a 4,000-acre wildfire has been contained.

A CalFire spokesman said coastal fog and cool temperatures helped fighters contain the flames six days after the fire broke out.

At least three dozen homes in sections of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties are nothing more than charred rubble now. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The hardest-hit neighborhoods remained closed until Tuesday afternoon, when all residents with proper identification were allowed back to survey the damage.

The state of California spent more than 12 million dollars to put out the flames.

The fire burned more than 6 square miles in the rural area between Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, about 15 miles south of San Jose.

About 2,600 firefighters remained at the scene, down from more than 3,000 at the height of the blaze. Investigators are still probing the cause of the fire.

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