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Firefighters push Margarita Fire containment to 60 percent

Margarita Fire 'looking pretty good' after rainy night; winds still pose threat

Cal Fire says West Pozo Road at Rinconada is still closed and that only residents are allowed through. The Margarita Fire started Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.
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Cal Fire says West Pozo Road at Rinconada is still closed and that only residents are allowed through. The Margarita Fire started Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

Crews increased containment on the Margarita Fire to 60 percent on Monday, Cal Fire said. The blaze at Santa Margarita Lake Road and West Pozo Road has burned 120 acres so far.

Pozo Road is still closed from Rinconada to River Road, Cal Fire said. Residents are allowed in, but others will be redirected.

The fire sparked Sunday evening after a weeklong heat wave in San Luis Obispo County. Firefighters were aided by rainy weather Sunday into Monday morning.

“Last night we got really lucky, we got some rain that helped lay the fire down,” said Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms. “At this point, the fire’s looking pretty good. We’re working extremely hard to get this thing under control as fast as possible.”

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A map of the Margarita Fire burning near Santa Margarita that ignited Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Cal Fire

Series of storms that hit areas of Santa Barbara County hard on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, brings mostly gentle rain to San Luis Obispo. Other areas of SLO County saw downpours.

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