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UPDATE: Residents being allowed back into Margarita Fire burn area

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UPDATE: 7:25 a.m. Monday 9/4/17

CAL FIRE SLO reports the Margarita Fire has burned about 120 acres and is 30 percent contained. Officials say firefighters are dealing with steep terrain and heavy vegetation.

Residents are being allowed back into the burn area, however, Pozo Road between Riconada to River Road remains closed. People trying to access that section of road and who do not live in the area will be turned around, according to CAL FIRE.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

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UPDATE: 4:00 a.m. Monday 9/4/17

CAL FIRE SLO reports the Margarita Fire has burned about 120 acres and is 20 percent contained. 

Three nearby ranches were evacuated and the KOA campground and Santa Margarita Lake campgrounds were placed under evacuation warnings.

Those evacuations has since been lifted. 

Firefighters will be on scene all day Monday, working to fully contain the fire.

Residents are asked to be mindful of firefighting equipment and crews in the area.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 


CAL FIRE SLO says forward spread has been stopped on the Margarita Fire burning on Pozo Road.

As of 8:30 p.m. it was 110 acres and 15% contained. Retardant lines and rain are helping crews get a better handle on it.

High winds are proving to be a challenge.

At least 17 fire engines, three dozers, six air tankers and four helicopters are on scene.

The fire broke out around 5 Sunday evening. CAL FIRE SLO says there were two fires initially within a mile of each other. The first fire burned about two acres before forward progress was stopped. The other fire, is the Margarita Fire still burning.

Three nearby ranches were evacuated.

KOA campground and Santa Margarita Lake campgrounds are under evacuation warnings.

The cause of the fires are under investigation. 

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Several fire engines are responding to a vegetation fire in Santa Margarita that is "rapidly growing."

CAL FIRE SLO says the fire is about 100 acres with about 10 percent containment.

The fire started along Highway 58 and Pozo Road. 

We have a KSBY crew member on their way to the area. This story will be updated.  

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