Smoke Jumpers Dropped Into Channel Islands To Fight Lighting Caused Brush Fire

Sep 11, 2017

An unusual brush fire not on, but off the South Coast led to an even more unusual response.

A boater spotted a brush fire on Santa Cruz Island just after 9 Monday morning in the Scorpion Canyon area. A team of four U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers was dispatched from Porterville to battle the lighting-caused fire.

They were dropped into the area from a fixed-wing plane at around 1 p.m., and spent the afternoon working to corral the estimated one tenth of an acre fire. Full containment is expected by Tuesday morning.