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Cayucos Creek Fire

24 Sep Posted by in Station Incident, Wildland Fire | Comments
Cayucos Creek Fire
 

A fire broke out early Tuesday morning in rural Cayucos. High winds fanned the flames when it started around three o’clock this morning. Fortunately Cal Fire, Templeton, Cambria, San Luis Obsipo and Atascadero were able to contain the fire just before noon.

“It’s very difficult steep terrain for these crews to be working in,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Lee. This morning all of the burned ground was smoldering hot as crews hiked through the 89-acre fire. 3 dozers drove all around the hills making fire breaks as 100 fire fighters worked on laying hose and mopping up hot spots. “We laid in about 3-thousand feet of hose,” said Battalion Chief Lee. “It’s hard work and as you can see as we start getting into the brush it’s really the only way to get in there.”

The fire and hot spots aren’t the only battle, the wind has continued to change direction. “The northwest winds will increase this afternoon and prevail tonight,” was said on a dispatch radio.  When the winds pick up it’s no telling what a fire can do. “It burned kind of dirty being on the leeward side of the wind,” said Battalion Chief Lee. “On the other side the crews did a good job with the aircraft you can see how the retardant really slowed it down from getting into those heavier fuels.”

Even though the fire is 100-percent contained crews still have a lot of work walking and driving the perimeter to make sure the fire doesn’t start back up. One firefighter suffered a minor injury during the fire. Crews will be out there for the next couple of days on patrol. As of late Tuesday afternoon the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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