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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CA-SLU Cuesta Fire, San Luis Obispo County State DPA, SRA, FRA

Cuesta Fire  CA-SLU-008555, San Luis Obispo County State DPA, SRA,FRA

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Hwy 58 south of town of Santa
Margarita and all of Miller Flat area.

Cuesta Fire Perimeter and Hotspot Map
Updates:
08/19/2015 0900: 2,500 acres, grass, 15% contained
  • CAL FIRE IMT 4 (Derum) has assumed command.
  • Incident in Unified Command with CAL FIRE and USFS
  • Threat to the community of Santa Margarita, high voltage power lines, and
    local power infrastructure.
  • Fire is impacting Union Pacific Railroad operations and Highway 101

08/18/2015 0900: 2,000 acres, grass, 10% contained
Incident in Unified Command with CAL FIRE and USFS
CAL FIRE IMT has been ordered.
Threat to the community of Santa Margarita
Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Hwy 58 south of town of Santa
Margarita and all of Miller Flat area.
230 KV power lines threatened
40-50 acre plot on Los Padres Wilderness area on Cuesta Ridge

08/17/2015 1930:  500 acres, grass, 5% contained
Incident in Unified Command with CAL FIRE and USFS
Threat to the community of Santa Margarita
Evacuations order issued to southern Santa Margarita
230 KV power lines threatened
VLAT was utilized
Type 3 XSL-IMT has been activated
County EOC activated
40-50 acre plot on Los Padres Wilderness area on Cuesta Ridge
08/17/2015 0900: 125 acres, grass, 10% contained
60 KV lines in the area
Communication lines threatened

08/16/2015 1940: 
25 acres, grass, 0% contained. Moderate Rate of Spread
IA Wx: 76 degrees, 55% RH, wind NNW @ 8, increase with gusts to 21
Location: Highway 101, Cuesta Grade, North of San Luis Obispo - 3 separate fires along Cuesta Grade  
Highway 101, Cuesta Grade, North of San Luis Obispo, State DPA, SRA
Start Time: 1813
Problems/Concerns: 60 KV lines in the area, Communication lines threatened,  Northbound Highway 101 closed

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