CORRALITOS — An early morning fire blazed through several dozen towering redwood trees and knocked out power around Corralitos Wednesday on Corralitos Road near Varni Road.

The 4:40 a.m. blaze forced fire crews to shut down Corralitos Road for about two hours because power lines crashed to the pavement.

Cal Fire engineer Stephon Parson said firefighters had to be careful dousing the flames because of the live power lines. Once a crew from Pacific Gas & Electric de-energized the lines, firefighters were able to move in and put out the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The incident did not interrupt classes at the nearby Bradley Elementary School.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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