Santa Cruz Island Fire now fully contained

Posted at 9:08 AM, Apr 10, 2018

A fire that broke out on Santa Cruz Island last month is now fully contained.

Channel Islands National Park reports the Island Fire burned a total of 258.6 acres after breaking out on March 27.

A 20-person Carson Interagency Hotshot crew left the area last Friday. A small crew remains on scene to continue monitoring hot spots. 

Officials say the fire escaped from a prescribed pile burn that had been set earlier that week and spread to nearby brush. The fire was said to be burning mostly in tall grass and chaparral.

Next week, fire specialists will be on the island to investigate further. The final report is expected to be completed late 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 in a press release. "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 is the largest of the eight Channel Islands and is 96 square miles. 

Fire on Santa Cruz Island now 70% contained