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  • Fire burning west of Carrizo Plain

  • Firefighters close to containing 515-acre blaze that started Saturday evening near California Valley
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  • Firefighters are getting close to containing a brush fire burning in a remote area just west of the Carrizo Plain National Monument in eastern San Luis Obispo County.
    The United States Forest Service said the fire is burning in Los Padres National Forest.
    It started at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday between Branch Mountain to the southwest of California Valley, the USFS said Monday afternoon.
    The fire is in a very difficult to reach area.
    By midday Monday, 515 acres have burned.
    Six air tankers, an air attack and 4 helicopters provided aerial attack during initial attack and surrounded approximately 50% of the fire with retardant and water drops.Helicopters are currently being used to fight the fire as well as slinging supplies to crews. Full containment is expected by 6 p.m. Monday.
    There are currently 177gfirefighters fighting the fire, including resources from the US Forest Service, BLM and Cal Fire.
     

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