Road and campground closures imposed during the Pozo fire in the North County remained in effect Thursday even as the brush fire was contained by 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Crews remained on scene Thursday watching for small smoky patches that could pop up and cleaning up the area, Los Padres National Forest Field Ranger Helen Tarbet said.
Assets remaining 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 were to be released, Tarbet said.
The estimated 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.
The fire burned dormant brush, hardwood slash, grass, brush and oaks. 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 was under investigation Thursday.
— Tribune staff report
Residents of Morro Bay and Cayucos can tour two sewage treatment plants that are similar to the one planned to serve both communities.
Morro Bay and Cayucos are in the planning stages of building a new wastewater treatment plant near the site of the existing plant in Morro Bay, which serves both communities.
“The project is the single most expensive investment in public infrastructure for either community with a construction cost currently estimated in the range of $31 million,” said Morro Bay City Councilman Noah Smukler.
Tours of the Pismo Beach treatment plant are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and Sept. 19 and at the Santa Paula treatment plant from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 and 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 26.
For more information about the tours or to arrange a car pool, call Smukler at 772-7668 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
— David Sneed
Two Morro Bay businesses have been cited twice this year after their clerks allegedly sold cigarettes to a minor.
In a sting operation Aug. 13 using a 16-year-old decoy, Freshair Fare and Morro Bay Chevron sold cigarettes to the decoy, authorities allege.
Both businesses were cited during a similar operation in March, said Christina Lefevre, a health education specialist with the county Tobacco Control Program.
A third Morro Bay store, Valero Corner No. 3556, was also cited during the more recent sting. This was the first time it had been cited.
Thirteen other businesses were also visited by the decoy but not did sell the minor cigarettes.
“In two of the stores the decoy handed their ID card after being requested and, despite the card showing that they didn’t turn 18 years old until 2012, the sale was allowed to occur,” Lefevre said.The store clerks received citations and could be fined up to $2,000 if convicted.
— David Sneed