Citing the BP oil spill, Schwarzenegger said Monday he could no longer back a California offshore drilling initiative. He also vetoed a bill that sought to ban smoking at state parks and beaches.
Fire in Santa Cruz County is particularly challenging because the area hasn't burned in more than 60 years.
The wildfire threatens 250 residences. Many people have packed what they could and left.
As voters face ballot measures, critics say Governor Schwarzenegger is using scare tactics.
Fireproofing existing homes and enforcing limits on brush allowed some communities to survive.