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Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725The Santa Cruz Fire, which started two weeks ago on March 27, is now considered 100 percent contained. The fire perimeter is set at 258.6 acres.
A minimal firefighting crew is monitoring the fire following the departure of the 20-person Carson Interagency Hotshot crew last Friday.
Next week, a team of fire specialists will visit the island to investigate the fire. They will examine the cause of the fire, the conditions at the time the fire is believed to have escaped from a small burn pile, and assess what went wrong. Their report will be available to the public when it is completed later this summer.
“We are very grateful for impressive work of all the firefighting and incident teams who worked on the Santa Cruz Fire,” said Channel Islands National Park Service Superintendent Russell Galipeau. “We are committed to fully supporting the investigation of this unfortunate incident and are determined to learn from it in order to improve our practices.”
Santa Cruz Island, at 96 square miles, is the largest in the chain of eight California Channel Islands. The Nature Conservancy owns 76 percent of Santa Cruz Island and the National Park Service owns 24 percent. Together, they cooperatively manage this island as one ecological unit.