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Fire near Kirk Creek Campground in Big Sur burns about 280 acres

Update, 11:30 a.m. Thursday

The fire has now been mapped at 280 acres with 15 percent containment, according to Andrew Madsen, spokesman for the Los Padres National Forest.

“There is some concern with winds in the afternoon forecast so today will be important in terms of being able to get greater containment,” Madsen said in an email to The Tribune.

Update, 11 a.m. Thursday

The fire remains at 300 acres and containment has increased to 15 percent, according to the Los Padres National Forest.

“Crews are making solid progress,” the agency said.

Original story:

A fire in Big Sur has burned about 300 acres as of late Wednesday morning, according to Andrew Madsen, spokesman for the Los Padres National Forest.

“The fire chewed through the retardant line overnight,” Madsen said in an email to The Tribune just before noon.

No injuries or structure threats have been reported.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire is 10 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. About 480 firefighters are battling the blaze.

The fire is “burning in steep and rugged terrain,” the Forest Service said.

“Currently, there is no threat to communities, structures or to the public,” the agency said. The fire, dubbed the Mill Fire, is located above the marine layer, which “increases fire behavior” since there’s no chance for humidity or mist to settle over the land.

The Forest Service said Wednesday that they estimate containment on the fire by Thursday at 11 p.m.

The fire was first reported at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday near the Kirk Creek Campground. By Tuesday afternoon, officials had shut down Nacimiento-Fergusson Road at both Highway 1 and Fort Hunter Liggett.

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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