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Parkfield Fire burns 1,816 acres northeast of San Miguel; 80% contained

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Smoke from the Parkfield Fire. (Photo courtesy Diane Cassidy) Smoke from the Parkfield Fire. (Photo courtesy Diane Cassidy)

All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted for the Parkfield Fire.


2 p.m. update: CAL FIRE said Sunday afternoon the Parkfield Fire is now 1,816 acres and 80 percent contained.


CAL FIRE said Sunday morning the Parkfield Fire burning along the San Luis Obispo/Monterey County line remained 30 percent contained and had burned 1,500 acres. Forward spread of the fire was stopped late Saturday night. 

Officials said a firefighter was airlifted to Fresno Community Hospital Saturday night after suffering minor burns while fighting the blaze. He has since been released.  


A fire broke out along Vineyard Canyon Road Saturday evening and was burning along the San Luis Obispo/Monterey County line.

It was first reported at about 6:20 p.m. in the area northeast of San Miguel. 

As of 10:20 p.m., the fire had burned approximately 1,500 acres, according to CAL FIRE officials. It was 30 percent contained and fire officials said forward spread of the fire had been stopped.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office issued evacuation warnings for residents along Vineyard Canyon Road, Mahoney Canyon Road, and Lowes Canyon Road. People in those areas were encouraged to prepare to evacuate if necessary. The San Miguel Community Services District reported that Indian Valley Road was also being evacuated.

The fire was reportedly burning mostly in light grasses.

At least one structure had been damaged or destroyed by the flames.

The fire was named the Parkfield Fire. It was burning 25 miles west of Parkfield.

Emergency crews from both counties were responding to the fire and would be on scene throughout the night.

"The crews are going direct and we're trying to take advantage of the weather, meaning at nighttime the cooler temperatures and lower winds, slower wind speeds, and try and gain as much ground as we can before the sun comes up in the morning," said John Owens, Assistant Fire Chief for the South Division of CAL FIRE San Benito/Monterey County.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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