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Crews reach 60 percent containment in 148-acre Estrada Fire

A prescribed burn near Watsonville that jumped containment lines on Friday has charred 148 acres and is 60 percent contained as of Sunday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The Estrada Fire was sparked about 2:40 p.m. Friday in the area of Hazel Dell Road and Hidden Canyon, northwest of Watsonville, according to Cal Fire.

The controlled burn started Friday morning at the Estrada Ranch was intended to burn just 20 acres, but jumped after winds picked up, eventually spreading to 148 acres, officials said. The ranch property is owned by members of the Estrada family, which includes retired Cal Fire Battalion Chief Greg Estrada, Bernheisel said.

No structures were damaged but one firefighter suffered a minor injury while battling the blaze, Cal Fire spokesperson Angela Bernheisel said. Evacuation warnings for the area were lifted Sunday morning.

Work will continue on Sunday to strengthen containment lines around the fire and mop up, according to Cal Fire.

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