Orderly evacuations after prescribed burn skip control lines – .

Orderly evacuations after prescribed burn skip control lines – .

CORRALITOS – Evacuations were ordered Friday night after a prescribed burn crossed control lines in southeast Santa Cruz County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The blaze, dubbed the Estrada Fire, was first reported around 2:40 p.m. on Hazel Dell and Hidden Canyon roads in Corralitos.

“We have a wildfire between Watsonville and Morgan Hill over Hazel Dell Road,” Cal Fire’s San Mateo-Santa Cruz unit confirmed in a tweet about two hours later. “We have equipment and planes there, with additional resources en route. “

The agency initially said the cause of the fire was under investigation, but later confirmed it was the result of a prescribed burn at the Estrada ranch.

“We’re still investigating, of course, but it looks like at this point the fire has passed through the control lines of the Estrada Ranch prescribed burn that occurred earlier today,” Cécile Juliette said, spokesperson for San Mateo-Santa Cruz. Unity.

At 9:00 p.m., the fire was covering 150 acres and was 0% contained. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

“We have a line of fire retardants all around the fire,” Juliette said. “The fire went out tonight. Crews will work through the night to establish and strengthen the lines of direct control.

Evacuations were ordered for areas PAJ-E001, PAJ-E002, PAJ-E003, PAJ-E007 – all in the Pajaro area – and the CRZ-E046 area in the Summit area was under warning. An evacuation center has been established at the Corralitos Community Church at 26 Browns Valley Road in Corralitos. Those in need of assistance can call 831-454-2181.

In a press release Thursday, Cal Fire said the prescribed burn was being carried out as part of the agency’s vegetation treatment program and was “intended to reduce fuel build-up and restore and improve grasslands.” It was supposed to take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Prescribed burns for vegetation management are carefully planned controlled burns that must meet a predefined set of conditions in order to achieve ideal fire behavior,” the agency said. “No burning takes place if the weather and fuel conditions are not up to standard. “

Cal Fire, meanwhile, called off a second prescribed burn at TomKat Ranch in Pescadero. Scheduled for Sunday, the 10-acre burn was to reduce brush on a ridge north of town.

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