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Fire burning near Kirk Creek Campground in Big Sur; Nacimiento-Fergusson Road closed

A fire burning near the Kirk Creek Campground in Big Sur had scorched about 120 acres of land as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Padres National Forest.

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road has been closed both at Highway 1 and at Fort Hunter Liggett while crews fight the fire, according to Andrew Madsen, a spokesman for Los Padres National Forest.

“We’ve got a full response in effect,” Madsen said.

By 5 p.m., aircraft were helping to fight the fire and “laying down quite a bit of retardant” to keep the fire from going up the hill and into the backcountry, Madsen said.

At 1 p.m., the National Weather Service said they’re seeing an increase in heat signature from the fire on satellite imaging.

“The afternoon and evening hours are often known as the ‘witching hour’ on many fires,” the agency said in a tweet. “In Big Sur, the fires can roar all night above the marine layer where dry and warm conditions persist.”

No injuries or structure threats have been reported, Madsen said.

The fire was reported early Tuesday morning. As of Tuesday afternoon, there was no word on containment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Madsen said.

The blaze began just one day after a 100-acre fire broke out in the Los Padres National Forest near Lake Cachuma.

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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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