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Containment Hits 60% On Brush Fire In Channel Islands

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Fire burning on Santa Cruz Island

Firefighters have 60% containment Friday morning of a brush fire burning on one of the Channel Islands.

They’ve been able to keep the fire on Santa Cruz Island at around the 250 acre mark.

The blaze was triggered by a prescribed burn pile of debris on Tuesday, which flared up and spread to nearby brush. It started near the Nature Conservancy Ranch on the island, but the ranch isn’t threatened.

Only one small isolated outbuilding has been destroyed.

Nearly 100 firefighters aided by water dropping helicopters are fighting the fire. The island was closed to visitors for the past few days, but the east end of the island is reopening for pubic use today.

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