H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Nov 13, 2012 5:46 AM by Katie Ferber, KSBY News

Cal Fire: Control burn at Coon Creek has jumped contaiment lines

Cal Fire tells us the control burn near Coon Creek has jumped containment lines and is now burning on Valencia Peak in Montana de Oro State Park.

They tell us they estimate the escaped fire is burning 25 acres.

The fire was pushed across the line by stronger than expected off-shore winds. There is no current threat to buildings.

Cal Fire tells us the rest of containment lines are holding and they're working with State Park Rangers in the fire fight.

The 430 acre prescribe fire was lit to improve wildlife habitat health, improve range for cattle and to reduce the impacts of a wildland fire by burning old decadent vegetation.

Cal Fire Chief Robert Lewin stated, "We planned extensively for this prescribed fire and deploy our skilled firefighters to prevent an escape, but unfortunately the winds were more than anticipated and the fire jumped our lines. We are aggressively attacking the escaped fire using our contingency plans and we will do all we can to quickly contain the fire."

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