Quoting from an article in a 2018 edition of Good Times, Santa Cruz:
Even twenty-five years ago, Santa Cruz fire officials were worried about the Prospect Heights neighborhood that adjoins the overgrown eucalyptus stands in DeLaveaga Park. In a newspaper article at the time, then-Fire Chief Ron Prince expressed concern that brush, downed trees and fallen limbs were four feet deep in some areas. In the parlance of veteran firefighters, these accumulations of downed vegetation are called "fuel," and they help a small ground fire crown into the treetops when the worst conditions align. A walk through the forest there today reveals it is still just as fuel-rich.