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UPDATE: Avila Fire reaches 400 acres, 50% contained

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 00:34:28-04

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — UPDATE (Tuesday, 9:00 p.m.): Cal Fire is reporting the Avila Fire burning off of Avila Beach Drive and Hwy 101, East of Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County is 400 acres and 50% contained. Forward spread has stopped.


UPDATE (Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.): The Avila Fire on the Central Coast has reached 20 percent containment. At least 200 firefighters are battling this 400-acre fire in San Luis Obispo County near Shell Beach. The fire jumped Highway 101 and has burned at least one home and several trees. At last check, roads have now reopened in Pismo Beach. However the northbound on and off-ramps at Spyglass Road remain closed as well as the northbound Beach Drive off-ramp.


UPDATE (Tuesday, 8:26 a.m.): Tuesday morning evacuation orders were lifted on the central coast following a wildfire covering 400 acres. Fire crews have been battling what's being called the Avila Fire in San Luis Obispo County. At least 200 firefighters have been called out to help battle the blaze in Avila Beach. It jumped Highway 101 and has burned at least one home and several trees. At last check, one lane of northbound 101 remains closed.


UPDATE (8:30 p.m.): Cal Fire is reporting a fire burning in San Luis Obispo has grown to nearly 400 acres and is 10% contained. Officials said the evacuation advisory for Pismo Heights has been canceled and southbound Hwy 101 is now open.


(UPDATE 6:30 P.M.) Cal Fire is reporting a fire burning in San Luis Obispo has grown to nearly 300 acres.

A new evacuation warning is now in effect for the area east of Highway 101 from N. Bello Street, south to Price Canyon Road and east to Pismo Beach city limits.

Flames burned up to at least one home and embers have ignited palm trees in the area.

Fire officials say at least 200 personnel from several local agencies are on scene.

More than 100 PG&E customers in the Shell Beach area are also said to be without power. Power lines are down in the area and PG&E is on site.


Cal Fire San Luis Obispo is responding to a 25-acre vegetation fire near Avila Beach, east of Highway 101.

According to officials, around 2:55 p.m., fire crews responded to reports of a vegetation fire at Gragg Canyon Road and North Thompson Avenue near Avila Beach.

The SLO County Sheriff's Office said evacuations are underway on Live Oak Lane, Indian Knob Road and Monte Road. They suggest anyone who feels in danger should evacuate.