Road and campground closures imposed during the Pozo fire in the North County remain in effect Thursday even though the brush fire was contained by 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Crews will remain on scene Thursday to watch for small smoky patches that could pop up and continue to clean up the area, Los Padres National Forest Field Ranger Helen Tarbet said.
The number of acres burned has changed throughout the course of the fire, which started about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, as the Forest Service continued to map the estimates.
The final count stands at 1,151 acres, which burned about 25 miles east of Santa Margarita near the town of Pozo.
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Those who remain on scene include 175 personnel, one helicopter, one fixed wing aircraft, five dozers, nine water tenders, three crews and 13 engines.
By late Thursday, the majority of those resources will be released, Tarbet said.
It threatened several campgrounds in the area that were evacuated and will remain closed until further notice. They include Queen Bee, La Panza, Friis, Turkey Flat and Navajo campgrounds.
The fire site wasn't near the Pozo Saloon, according to the saloon, and access to the eatery has remained open.
The road closures still in effect during the cleanup are Navajo Road at Turkey Flat and Parkhill Road; Pozo Road at Avanales Ranch Road at the forest boundary; Navajo Road west of Navajo Flat Off-Highway Vehicle Area and Navajo Road at Redhill Road west of La Panza.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
‹ Tribune staff report