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September 23, 2023

Smoky fire chars 2.2 acres

WATSONVILLE—A large portion of the Pajaro Valley was blanketed with heavy smoke Monday afternoon after a fire erupted in a brush-covered field between the Pajaro River and 30 Riverside Road.

The 3:45pm incident drew a large response from Watsonville Fire, North Monterey County Fire and Cal Fire, who headed up the operation. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported. The cause in still under investigation.

Cal Fire reported the fire contained just after 4:30pm. Towering clouds of white smoke wafted across the Pajaro Valley east and settled against the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. 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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