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Grass fire in southeastern SLO County burns 2,000 acres

The Bureau of Land Management tweeted this image showing the Soda Fire in southeastern San Luis Obispo County just before 8 p.m. Saturday.
The Bureau of Land Management tweeted this image showing the Soda Fire in southeastern San Luis Obispo County just before 8 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

A southeastern San Luis Obispo County fire that began Saturday continued to burn Sunday, scorching about 2,000 acres of grassland, according to Cal Fire and the Bureau of Land Management.

The Soda Fire is burning on BLM land east of Santa Margarita, about 7 miles north of Cuyama near Soda Lake. With dry, hot conditions and winds from 10 to 20 mph, the blaze on Saturday exhibited “extreme fire behavior” and a “rapid rate of spread,” according to an incident report.

As of Sunday evening, the blaze was about 80 percent contained, said BLM spokesman David Christy.

Cal Fire is in the process of handing over firefighting duties to BLM crews, Cal Fire Capt. David Kay said.

About 120 responders have battled the blaze using bulldozers and engines, Christy said.

No structures were damaged, Christy said, and no injuries have been reported, although the fire did burn one utility pole.

The cause of the blaze is unknown.

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