Fundraiser and celebration planned for Santa Margarita Volunteer Fire Department

A month after Santa Margarita experienced several tense days during the Cuesta Fire, the community will hold a celebration and fundraising event Sunday to benefit the Santa Margarita Volunteer Fire Department.

The Cuesta Fire burned within one-quarter to one-half of a mile of town in mid-August. Residents living south of Highway 58 were evacuated and Santa Margarita Elementary canceled its first day of school as more than 1,000 personnel fought the blaze.

By Aug. 19, the community was considered “out of the woods,” as Cal Fire/San Luis Obispo Chief Robert Lewin put it, and the fire was contained about 10 days later.

An informal dinner and dance at Santa Margarita Park on Sunday will support the community’s volunteer fire department with a silent auction, music and food. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m.

Dinner tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for children and can be purchased at The Porch Cafe, The Educated Gardener or online at http://cuestafire.brownpapertickets.com. For sponsorships, donations or more information, call 438-4250.