Weather helps them get 29 percent containment

Firefighters have slowed the Front Fire burning west of New Cuyama considerably and have it 29 percent contained, the United States Forest Service said.

It grew very little overnight and so far has blackened 900 acres.

Favorable weather is helping firefighters, according to the USFS.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon near Rock Front Ranch on the north side of Highway 166 about 30 miles east of Santa Maria.

The fire is burning in grass, brush and chaparral along the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County line. Firefighters have been able to keep it from spreading to the south of the highway.

More than 600 firefighters are assigned to the fire.

Highway 166 was reopened early Monday afternoon after being closed Sunday evening

Currently there are no evacuations. National Forest lands in the fire area north and west of Highway 166 are closed. The Los Padres National Forest is currently closed to campfires and recreational shooting. Hunting is not affected.