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Efforts underway to keep small SLO County fire station from temporarily closing


Local leaders are working to keep a small San Luis Obispo County fire station from closing later this week. Cal Fire Station No. 11 in Cayucos is seasonal, and scheduled to temporarily shut its doors on Friday as part of a money-saving measure.

During the winter months, the station is operated under a joint agreement funded by the local Fire Protection District (FPD). To save money, the FPD wants to close early.

Cal Fire will reopen the station in mid-April as part of the state's fire season staffing plan.

Supervisor Bruce Gibson says he's hoping the county can be flexible with funding options to avoid the temporary shut down, and keep the station open over the next couple of weeks.

"Well, right now we are providing a line of credit to Cayucos Fire," said Gibson. "They had recently passed an increase in their fire tax, but it's taken a little while for that money to get into the system and Cayucos Fire is going to be looking at its finances and seeing how that plays out over the long term."

Gibson says he'll be meeting on Thursday with all parties involved.