Wildfire

Lightning strike sparks fire on Santa Cruz Island

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The United States Forest Service sent four smoke jumpers to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Santa Barbara County to battle a fire Monday.

The fire was reported by a boater at around 9 a.m.

Forest Service Officials said the fire was sparked by a lightning strike on the upper part of Scorpion Canyon. It has so far burned around one-tenth of an acre.

Smoke jumpers dispatched from Porterville parachuted from an aircraft and landed on the island just after 1 p.m.

The fire is expected to be contained by late Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Smoke jumpers are highly experienced wildland firefighters that help to combat fires in backcountry and wilderness areas, including national parks.

This is the first time smoke jumpers have responded to a fire at Channel Islands National Park.
 


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