Santa Cruz Fire now fully contained

250 acres burned since March 27

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - [9:16 a.m. 4/10/18 Update] - The Santa Cruz Fire that began on March 27 is now 100 percent contained. The fire perimeter is set at 258.6 acres. A minimal fire crew remains on scene.

A team of fire specialists will visit the island next week to investigate the fire and determine it's cause. It is believed the fire escaped from a small burn pile.

[5:00 p.m. 3/29/18 Update] - Channel Islands National Park officials say the wildfire burning on Santa Cruz Island is holding at 250 acres and is 60 percent contained following an intensive effort by firefighters on the ground and consistent air attacks. Fire crews from Tonto National Forest in Arizona and Sequoia, Sierra National Forests in California have been assisting local firefighters. One small non-historic outbuilding was lost in the fire. No injuries were reported. A closure to public access is still in place for the entire isthmus area of the island. On Friday, the east end of Santa Cruz Island including Scorpion Valley and all locations west of Montanon Ridge will be open.


[3:00 p.m. 3/28/18 Update] - The wildfire on Santa Cruz Island grew to at least 250 acres by early Wednesday afternoon. Approximately 169 personnel are battling the blaze, which was driven by moderately strong winds. Officials say the fire grew from 20 to 100 acres in just three hours. 


[8:00 p.m. 3/28/18 Update] - A fire burning on Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Santa Barbara quickly grew from 20 acres to at least 100 acres in about three hours. 

The Los Padres National Forest service dispatched four air tankers to fight the fire. They arrived on the island just after 4:30 p.m. to assist the 11 National Park Service hot shot firefighters fighting the blaze on the ground. 

30 people, including 8 campers, were evacuated from the main ranch, Santa Cruz Island Reserve, Navy Site and Del Norte campground as a precaution. 

The U.S. Forest Service has asked for 60 additional firefighters to help contain the blaze. They arrive in Ventura at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday and will be transported to the island.

There is no word on containment at this time.


A 20-acre brush fire that started at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday is burning on Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Santa Barbara.

A large plume of dark smoke could be seen coming from the island. Officials with the Channel Islands National Parks Service say the fire was an escaped prescribed burn south of the main ranch on the island. A burn pile occurred earlier in the week and officials believe they may have gotten reignited Tuesday afternoon.

The fire is burning on Nature Conservancy property. The Conservancy owns approximately three quarters of Santa Cruz Island.

National Parks Service requested help from the Los Padres National Forest Service to help put the fire out at about 3 pm. Los Padres Fores Service in turn requested three air tankers to help fight the blaze. Eleven hot shot crew members are already on scene working on the ground.

No structures are at risk of threatened, according to officials, and no injuries have been reported.

Santa Barbara Adventure Company, a business offering tours and adventure packages to the island, posted on Twitter that all guests on the western end of Santa Cruz Island are returning to Ventura on the Islands Packers boat ferry and all trips to the island are canceled tomorrow.

We will update this story when new information becomes available.


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