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Angel Russell

San Luis Obispo County is facing a shortage of the COVID-19 vaccine, and public health officials said because of that, the Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande vaccination sites will be closed this week. 

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Strong, damaging winds have prompted Pacific Gas & Electric to shut off electricity for parts of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, and CalFire SLO said extra crews are on standby with an increased risk of wildfires breaking out.

Lance Cowart

King tides and large breaking waves on the Central Coast have prompted several water rescues over the past week, but Cal Fire officials said it’s not just current beach conditions contributing to an increase in water rescues.

Firefighters injured in Big Sur's Dolan Fire

Sep 9, 2020
Los Padres National Forest

Three firefighters were injured Tuesday morning when the Dolan Fire in Big Sur burned a remote fire station. The fire has consumed more than 125 square miles, after growing significantly since Monday.

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In the month of August alone, five brush fires have sparked around the state park at Oceano Dunes.

Jason Sweeney

Garrison commander Colonel Robert Horvath talks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about modified training and adjustments to daily life due to social distancing at California National Guard base Camp Roberts.

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CalFire SLO crews responded Sunday morning to reports of a boat fire off Avila Beach. An engine overheated and the boat’s fire suppression system turned on, but in the end there was no fire, according to CalFire SLO.

Prevention is the key to public safety, and fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire, how to prevent fires and how to reduce wildfire risk.

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Wildfires continue to burn across California. In the northern part of the state, a fire that’s burned tens of thousands of acres and forced many to evacuate has now jumped into Oregon. Over the weekend a rash of high temperatures and dry winds sparked fires across the Central Coast and in southern California. A fast-moving fire in the city of Goleta tore through 100 acres and destroyed 13 homes in a matter of hours.

Brush fire closes Hwy. 101 lanes at Cuesta Grade

Jul 7, 2017
Courtesy of CalFire SLO

The Tower Fire that burned 58 acres near the Cuesta Grade is 100 percent contained, CalFire announced at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 

UPDATE: Canyon Fire grows to more than 12,000 acres as crews gain containment

Sep 19, 2016
Mike Eliason Santa Barbara County Fire Department

UPDATE: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 5:46 p.m.

Containment of the Canyon Fire burning on Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in Santa Barbara County was growing Wednesday. In addition, VAFB officials said growth was slowing. 

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San Luis Obispo CAL FIRE reported Thursday afterrnon that a fire was burning in heavy brush near the Rinconada Trailhead, which is just south of Santa Margarita Lake off Pozo Road. 

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Dozens of structures, many of those homes, had been destroyed by San Luis Obispo County's Chimney Fire during its first full week. 

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UPDATE - August 29, 2016 at 5:17 p.m.

Hearst Castle reopened for tours Monday after being shut down for more than a week as a safety precaution in response to the Chimney Fire burning nearby. It came within a couple of miles of the historic buildings on the Hearst property. 

UPDATE: Camp Roberts brush fire now in 'mop-up' mode

May 18, 2016
Camp Roberts Facebook Page

UPDATE: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 3:54 p.m.

The Comander of Camp Roberts says crews are mostly in the mop-up stage of controlling a roughly 3500 acre fire on installation grounds.

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This week marks the start of High Fire Season in California.

Flickr member: James Jones

San Luis Obispo County Cal Fire says we've received enough rain on the Central Coast to lift an unusual burn ban for agriculture. 

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The investigation into what caused the Cuesta Fire this past summer is complete, but the case remains open because San Luis Obispo County CAL FIRE  has not yet found the person responsible for staring it.

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Thousands of dead trees will soon be removed in the Cambria area now that a grant has come through to help pay for it.

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UPDATE: Aug. 26, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

As crews near full containment of the Cuesta Fire, efforts to find the person responsible for starting it are still in the works.

CAL FIRE and USFS crews 'making progress' on Cuesta Fire

Aug 20, 2015
Alex Ullrich, KCBX News

Crews battling the Cuesta Fire on Thursday were facing windy conditions and rugged terrain as they worked to get a handle on this 3500 acre wildfire that started Sunday night.

Spencer Marley, KCBX News

A community meeting was scheduled Wednesday night at Santa Margarita Elementary School to answer questions related to the Cuesta Fire. 

Spencer Marley, KCBX News

UPDATE: Aug. 18, 2015 at 6:29 p.m.

Weather conditions on Tuesday again gave the Cuesta Fire added strength as it expanded to 2500 acres. CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Bennet Milloy said Tuesday night that containment remained at 10 percent.

"Fire lines are holding, we did early have a little spot over a road that we're using as a containment line, but we did have a retardent line on the other side of that," said Milloy. "So the fire was over the road, but not over our control line.

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UPDATE: Aug. 17, 2015 at 7:19 p.m.

The size of the Cuesta Fire grew rapidly on Monday. CAL FIRE said Monday night that 500 acres had been scorched since the series of small fires along Highway 101 were first ingited on Sunday night.

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UPDATE: August 17, 2015 at 10:17 a.m.

Crews working to contain a 100 acre brush fire burning along Highway 101 on the Cuesta Grade, just north of San Luis Obispo, will focus their efforts Monday on keeping the fire from spreading into the Santa Lucia Wilderness. In addition, they'll be protecting power lines and communication towers threatened by the fire.

Ventura County Fire

Central Coast-based fire crews are helping to control some of the dozen or more wildfires currently burning throughout the state.

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Fireworks sales started this weekend and 'safe and sane' registered fireworks are allowed in some places on the Central Coast.

However, because of the ongoing drought even those fireworks considered 'safe and sane' are a concern for fire crews. 

UPDATE: Park Hill fire fully contained

Jun 23, 2015

Updated 6:32 p.m. Wednesday, June 24:  The Park Hill fire that burned 1,791 acres just east of Santa Margarita is now  fully contained.  PG&E crews continue to repair burned poles and lines in the area.  Cal Fire says the cost of fighting this fire is $3.5 million. 

UPDATE: Evacuation order lifted, fire mostly contained

Jun 22, 2015

The Park Hill fire that burned 1800 acres just east of Santa Margarita this weekend is 60 percent contained.

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