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Fire near Shandon reaches 90 percent containment

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A vegetation fire southeast of Shandon burned about 1,000 acres and reached 90 percent containment as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

The agency expected “100 percent containment” by 6 p.m. Tuesday, it said via Twitter at about 4:15 p.m. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

At least two structures were threatened during the blaze, but “crews were able to get in and defend those homes,” according to Cal fire spokesman Clint Bullard.

No damage or injuries were reported as a result of the fire, Bullard said.

The fire, dubbed the Gillis Fire, began at about 2:40 p.m. Monday near the 3300 block of South Gillis Canyon Road near San Juan Road. Forward progress on the fire was stopped at about 6:40 p.m. that night.

Bullard said the fire burned approximately 1,000 acres, but crews will be conducting a thorough mapping of the burn area on Tuesday and should have a more accurate acreage count later.

The cause of that fire remains under investigation, Bullard said.

Also on Tuesday afternoon, a vegetation fire in the area of Gleason Road and Gale Road in California Valley threatened two structures.

As of 4:48 p.m., the fire had burned a quarter-acre of grass.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.
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