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Huasna Fire crews working through the night after stopping forward progress

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CAL FIRE said Wednesday night the Huasna Fire burned 224 acres and is 45 percent contained.

As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, forward progress has been stopped. Fire officials say air tankers got a good handle on the fire by surrounding the flames with retardant lines.

Heading into the overnight hours, fire crews said the biggest struggle was dealing with steep ridge lines and covering rough ground.

"The Huasna Fire started just to the east of the In-N-Out Ranch. Behind me, this is just open ranch land, they got a lot of cattle. The area where the fire is is very remote - nothing but grass and trees back there," said Chris Elms with CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo.

KSBY News spoke with the ranch manager who tried to stop the initial spread of flames.

"So when it first broke out, it was just basically grass, but unfortunately the wind had kicked up literally 20 minutes before, and so it started pushing it through the grass pretty fast," said Ryan Sulonen. "A tractor was there trying to contain it but that didn't work. As soon as I got there, I grabbed a water truck and, unfortunately, it was moving so fast even the water truck didn't help. It moved up into the ridge line and blew up from there. That's when we decided we gotta get out of there and get more help."

CAL FIRE says the majority of this fire was wind driven and has since laid down with the help of the marine layer.

"We are making good progress on the fire. It has slowed down quite a bit. It's just out in a lot of rugged terrain with heavy fuel, so it's going to take some time to get containment on this thing. But we're not seeing explosive fire at this point," Elms said.

No structures are threatened and no evacuations have been issued.

The U.S. Forest Service and Santa Barbara are assisting CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo as they work into Thursday morning.

Firefighting aircraft were flying out of Paso Robles and Santa Maria. Resources included six tankers, four helicopters, 10 fire engines, four hand crews and a couple of dozers.

Related coverage:
Fire near Huasna burns ranch land owned by In-N-Out

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