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Cal Poly fire expected to be fully contained by the weekend

Fire crews battle Poly Fire in San Luis Obispo

A brush fire in the hills above Cal Poly burned at least 97 acres and forced evacuations from dorms and nearby homes in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
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A brush fire in the hills above Cal Poly burned at least 97 acres and forced evacuations from dorms and nearby homes in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Firefighters continued to make good progress on the 105-acre brush fire on Cal Poly’s campus Thursday, raising containment to 95 percent.

Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms said engines would patrol the fire through the night and monitor for hot spots. He expected full containment by 6 p.m. Friday.

“Today has been relatively quiet out there,” Elms said. “They like the progress they’ve made so far.”

The brush fire broke out Tuesday afternoon near the Cal Poly P, forcing temporary evacuations for students and nearby residents as the fire stretched across the hillside below the landmark. All evacuations were lifted Tuesday night.

On Wednesday afternoon, a spot fire flared up just outside the fireline and burned about 3 acres.

“That’s really the big concern with a fire like this that’s in the dry grass,” Elms said.

Cal Fire crews were battling a spot fire that flared up outside of the fireline of the Cal Poly fire in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 27, 2017.

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