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Hill Fire holds at nearly 1,600 acres, now 75 percent contained

Man runs for his life as Hill Fire chases him off Huer Huero Road property

Dennis Radke was trying help protect the property of his boss with resident Forrest Scott off Huer Huero Road when they were nearly overtaken by the fast-moving flames of the Hill Fire, east of Santa Margarita on Monday, June 26, 2017. After a hea
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Dennis Radke was trying help protect the property of his boss with resident Forrest Scott off Huer Huero Road when they were nearly overtaken by the fast-moving flames of the Hill Fire, east of Santa Margarita on Monday, June 26, 2017. After a hea

Fire crews continued to gain control of the Hill Fire near Santa Margarita on Wednesday, holding the total area of the blaze to about 1,600 acres and achieving 75 percent containment.

Three structures have been confirmed as destroyed, though authorities are still working to confirm the type of structure, Cal Fire said. Homeowners are allowed back home. And Highway 58 at Parkhill Road is now open, according to Caltrans.

“We haven’t seen a whole lot of active fire behavior,” Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms said. He added that officials don’t expect any more acreage growth at this point and firefighters will remain on scene for the next few days to work on containing the fire and putting out hot spots.

On Tuesday, fire crews were able to take control of the fast-moving blaze as it swept through the Santa Margarita area, with 60 percent containment by the end of the day. All roads were reopened, though non-residents aren’t allowed back yet, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office deputy on the scene.

The fire also reportedly destroyed “Big Bang Theory” actor Johnny Galecki’s home. However, “he has not reached out to us and we have not confirmed anything with him,” Elms said.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

A look inside the evacuation zone on and near Huer Huero Road during the Hill Fire east of Santa Margarita on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. On Tuesday, firefighters appeared to have gotten the upper hand on the fire.

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