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Blaze consumes over 100 acres near Cal Poly

A blaze consumed more than 100 acres near Cal Poly early Saturday as firefighters across the county battled to keep flames from the campus and nearby homes.

Heavy brush ignited around 6 a.m. near the north east side of the campus close to the P sign on a hill less than a mile from the dormitories, according to Cal Fire Spokesman Clint Bullard.

“In the beginning it was moving fairly quickly,” Bullard said near a command post at Grand Avenue and Slack Street.

No structures were threatened and no roads were closed or evacuations made.

By 9 a.m. the flames had slowed, creeping south east away from campus and toward San Luis Obispo.

Air drops of fire retardant doused the blaze which was 20 percent contained. About 150 firefighters from Cal Fire, San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Templeton, Arroyo Grande and the U.S. Forest Service fought the blaze.

Tina Crozier peered at the fire through binoculars from her home on Graves Avenue nearby. Groups of residents gathered in front yards to keep an eye on the blaze.

Several doors down Ilona Ing hosed down her roof around 7:30 a.m. but was not concerned that the fire would reach her home.

“There are too many firemen up there to be concerned,” Ing said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

- Leslie Parrilla

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