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Crews increase containment to 60 percent on fire burning east of Nipomo

Firefighters worked in the steep hills near Huasna east of Arroyo Grande on Wednesday afternoon. An air tanker approaches for a drop.
Firefighters worked in the steep hills near Huasna east of Arroyo Grande on Wednesday afternoon. An air tanker approaches for a drop. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Update Thursday, 7:50 a.m.

Crews pushed containment on the Huasna Fire to 60 percent overnight, and the blaze held at 244 acres, Cal Fire says.

Update, 9:20 p.m.

The fire has spread to 244 acres and is 45 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. Crews will be working through the night.

Update, 5:40 p.m.

A Cal Fire spokesperson said the fire is 10 percent contained and holding at 70 acres. Fire crews are expected to remain at the scene through the night.

Update, 5:25 p.m.

The fire has spread to 70 acres, according to Cal Fire. Steep terrain in the area is slowing ground crews and access to the fire, Cal Fire said.

Crews from Los Padres National Forest and Santa Barbara County also are assisting.

Update, 4:20 p.m.

The fire is now 50 acres, Elms said, and officials don’t expect “any major fire growth.” Steep terrain and heavy vegetation mean that ground crews are facing some difficulty in accessing the area, Elms said, and officials expect to be working on the fire through the night.

There is no word on containment yet, Elms said.

Update, 3 p.m.

The fire east of Nipomo has grown to 40 acres, according to Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms. Firefighters have gotten a line of fire retardant around the fire and “it’s slowed down quite a bit,” Elms said.

So far, the blaze has only burned vegetation, and no structures have been destroyed, Elms said.

One structure is threatened, but crews are working to remove the threat, Elms said. There are no evacuations in place.

Original story:

Firefighters are responding to a brush fire on Huasna Townsite Road.

The fire started just before 2 p.m. in the 4900 block of Huasna Townsite Road, according to Cal Fire.

As of 2:05 p.m., the blaze had burned 30 acres of grass and vegetation, according to Cal Fire.

The agency is requesting additional aircraft to fight the fire.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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