Brush fire burning near Pozo is 70 percent contained

Cal Fire is responding to a 25 acre vegetation fire on Pozo Road
Cal Fire is responding to a 25 acre vegetation fire on Pozo Road

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Update 7:40 p.m.

The fire is 70 percent contained, according to the Los Padres National Forest Service.

The service says there are dozers, retardant and a wet line around the 35-acre burn area. Resources will remain on scene overnight and mop up tomorrow.

Update 6:45 p.m.

A falling tree branch injured a firefighter while he was fighting the vegetation fire burning on Pozo Road near Santa Margarita on Monday. The firefighter was taken to the hospital for his injuries, officials said.

As of 5:30 p.m., the fire had burned 35 acres, and forward progress appears to have been stopped.

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Cal Fire is responding to a vegetation fire near Santa Margarita on Monday afternoon.

The fire was first reported about 2:45 p.m. Monday in the area of 3055 W. Pozo Road, according to Cal Fire. As of 2:50 p.m., the fire had burned 25 acres.

The fire is burning grass and woodland areas, according to Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms. He said there is no structure threat that he is aware of.

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Smoke from the fire as seen from north of Pozo. Courtesy of Alvilda May

The agency issued a Red Flag Warning for San Luis Obispo County on Sunday to be in effect through Tuesday, due to high fire danger.

According to scanner traffic, potentially 1,000 acres of land could burn. The fire was burning at a “violent rate of spread,” according to scanner traffic.

A firefighter has been injured, according to scanner traffic; The Tribune is currently seeking confirmation from Cal Fire.

This fire comes as firefighters battle multiple fires in both Northern and Southern California.

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An inmate crew prepares to be assigned as firefighters fight a brush fire off Pozo Road near Santa Margarita on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Satellite imagery shows the numerous fires burning across Northern California – including the Tubbs, Redwood, Atlas, Cherokee and Wind Complex fires.

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