Lopez Fire evacuation orders lift as blaze holds at 220 acres

Evacuation orders have lifted as of 11 a.m. Monday, Cal Fire said in a news release.

The Lopez Fire has burned 220 acres and is 20 percent contained as of Monday morning, having held steady since Sunday evening.

Evacuation warnings are still in place for the area of French Camp and Upper Lopez Canyon Road, including the 1700 block of Upper Lopez Canyon Road, according to Cal Fire.

“Throughout the night, firefighters did not experience a lot of change in fire size,” the agency said in the release, adding that it’s been difficult to get to the fire with equipment due to the steep terrain. Firefighters will work Monday to improve containment lines and mop up, Cal Fire said.

Cal Fire said on Sunday that fire activity was minimal and stayed within control lines.

There’s no estimate yet for when the fire will be fully contained, according to the release. A total of 660 firefighting personnel are working on the fire.

The fire broke out around mid-afternoon on Saturday near the area of Upper Lopez Canyon Road and Wittenberg Creek Road, threatening 24 structures and prompting evacuations. Two firefighters received minor injuries on Saturday, according to Los Padres National Forest spokesman Manny Madrigal.

The area hasn’t burned since at least the mid-1980s, Los Padres National Forest spokesman Andrew Madsen said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Cal Fire.

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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.