SANTA CRUZ COUNTY (CBS SF) — The Estrada Fire in Santa Cruz County that started on Friday when a controlled burn jumped containment lines is now 60% contained after burning 148 acres, according to Cal Fire.
The numbers released initially on Sunday morning were the same as those given by Cal Fire on Saturday evening.
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— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) October 17, 2021
The Cal Fire CZU unit later updated the fire’s status, saying that it was 60% contained and that all evacuation warnings have now been lifted.
UPDATE: #EstradaFire is now 60% contained. Work continues to strengthen containment lines and mop up. The EVACUATION WARNING is lifted in zones PAJ-E001, PAJ-E002, PAJ-E003, and PAJ-E007.
— CAL FIRE CZU (@CALFIRECZU) October 17, 2021
The blaze began on Friday after a controlled burn on former fire chief Greg Estrada’s property near Watsonville jumped containment lines and started to spread.
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The 20-acre prescribed burn at Estrada Ranch was scheduled for 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday. It was intended to reduce dry fuel and prevent a wildland fire. Cal Fire warned residents on social media to expect to see smoke from the controlled burn.
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Fire crews from across California have arrived in the Santa Cruz mountains to help local crews put a stop to the fire.