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Santa Cruz Island "Scorpion Fire" 80 percent contained, with more than 700 acres burned

Posted at 1:09 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 16:09:11-04

The "Scorpion Fire" on Santa Cruz Island is 80 percent contained as of June 1, after burning more than 700 acres, according to the National Park Service.

Forty-nine wildland firefighters worked to contain the flames Sunday evening, as the fire spread northeast of the road leading from Scorpion Valley to Smugglers Cove where a fire line was constructed near the coast of the cove.

Additionally, a 20-person wildland fire crew from the Monterey District of Los Padres National Forest is on standby in Ventura if more hands are needed on the island. Air assets are also standing by, but are not expected to be deployed.

The fire was first reported Sunday morning by a construction crew building a new pier on the island. At this time, the National Park Service has not reported any structure damage or structure threats by the fire and there are no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

The park transportation concessioner, Island Packers, has also been ferrying the fire crews. They continue their service for the public to visit the Channel Islands with trips to Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island and to Bechers Bay on Santa Rosa Island.

For more information on the National Park Service updates, click here.