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Crews battling erratic weather, steep terrain, heavy vegetation in Margarita Fire firefight

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A sign thanking firefighters can be seen in the Margarita Fire burn area. (KSBY photo) A sign thanking firefighters can be seen in the Margarita Fire burn area. (KSBY photo)
Forward progress of the Margarita Fire was reportedly stopped Sunday evening. (KSBY photo) Forward progress of the Margarita Fire was reportedly stopped Sunday evening. (KSBY photo)
At least 150 firefighters are helping battle the Margarita Fire. (KSBY photo) At least 150 firefighters are helping battle the Margarita Fire. (KSBY photo)
The Margarita Fire broke out Sunday evening along Highway 58 and Pozo Road. (KSBY photo) The Margarita Fire broke out Sunday evening along Highway 58 and Pozo Road. (KSBY photo)

Firefighters say they are battling erratic weather, steep terrain and heavy vegetation in their fight against the Margarita Fire burning in northern San Luis Obispo County. 

The fire broke out Sunday evening along Highway 58 and Pozo Road. 

By Monday morning, it was estimated to have burned about 120 acres and was 30 percent contained. Forward progress of the fire was reportedly stopped Sunday night. 

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 away, according to CAL FIRE.

A community meeting was held shortly after 10:00 a.m. to brief residents on the latest involving the firefight. 

Sunday night, three nearby ranches were evacuated and the KOA campground and Santa Margarita Lake campgrounds were placed under evacuation warnings.

Those evacuations have since been lifted. 

KOA representatives say about two-thirds of their campers left Sunday once they saw smoke. 

About 150 firefighters from various agencies are assisting CAL FIRE SLO with the blaze. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

The last time the area burned was in 1984, according to CAL FIRE. 

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