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McMurray fire near Buellton reaches 40 percent containment, remains at 200 acres

Highway 101 links most of SLO County’s major cities and towns

Highway 101 runs 61 miles through San Luis Obispo County from north to south and transects all the major towns and cities. Highway 101 is 1,540 miles long and runs all the way to Washington state.
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Highway 101 runs 61 miles through San Luis Obispo County from north to south and transects all the major towns and cities. Highway 101 is 1,540 miles long and runs all the way to Washington state.

A fire that broke out near Buellton on Monday afternoon burned 200 acres and reached 40 percent containment by Tuesday evening, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The blaze, dubbed the McMurray fire, was originally reported as multiple brush fires. The fire caused authorities to close a portion of northbound Highway 101 from Highway 246 to Highway 154 and order mandatory evacuations. More than 8,600 PG&E customers in the area were also without power on Monday evening.

By 8 p.m. Monday, forward progress had been stopped and evacuation orders for the ranch areas northeast of Buellton had been lifted.

The CHP also reopened the left, No. 1 lane of northbound Highway 101 from Highway 246 to Highway 154 on Monday night. The agency said it planned to open the right, No. 2 lane of the highway on Tuesday afternoon.

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Matt Fountain is The San Luis Obispo Tribune’s courts and investigations reporter. A San Diego native, Fountain graduated from Cal Poly’s journalism department in 2009 and cut his teeth at the San Luis Obispo New Times before joining The Tribune as a crime and breaking news reporter in 2014.
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