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Firefighters gain more containment overnight on Poly Fire

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7:15 a.m. UPDATE: 

CAL FIRE SLO officials report containment of the fire burning near Cal Poly has increased overnight. 

As of Wednesday morning, firefighters had contained 60 percent of the burn area. 

The fire is reportedly holding at 97 acres. 

Fire officials say crews will focus of completing containment lines and putting out hot spots throughout the day. 

All evacuations and road closures have since been lifted.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and under investigation. 


9:15 p.m. UPDATE:

CAL FIRE SLO Public Information Officer Chris Elms says the cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire investigators were at the scene earlier, gathering evidence.

Elms said the fire started between the dorms and the "P" on the hillside, and there were contractors working with heavy machinery and also students in the area at the time the fire broke out.

The Poly Fire remains 20-percent contained at 97 acres. Firefighting aircraft will be back up tomorrow morning, Elms said.


8 p.m. UPDATE:

CAL FIRE says all road closures and evacuations have been lifted.

Cal Poly says all students evacuated from Sierra Madre and Yosemite dorms can go back to their rooms. Slack St. and Grand Ave. are also open.

San Luis Obispo City Fire reports the main body of the fire is controlled but firefighters will be working on hot spots all night long.


A fire broke out just below the "P" at Cal Poly on Tuesday afternoon.

It was first reported at about 3:20 p.m.

As of 6:50 p.m., CAL FIRE reported approximately 97 acres of grass and brush had burned. The fire was 20 percent contained.

Fire officials said flames were moving away from the campus and the retardant line was holding the fire on the right flank. The steep terrain had been a challenge for firefighters.

The fire started behind the dorms. The Sierra Madre and Yosemite dorms were evacuated. Homes along Slack Street were also being evacuated. 

An evacuation warning was issued for homes in the Miossi Road/Cuesta Park area. People in that area were told to prepare to evacuate if necessary.

Mott Athletics Center is open as an evacuation center for students. Dorm residents who were evacuated are being asked to check in at the gym or call (805) 756-1226. More than 1,300 students live in those evacuated dorms.

Grand Avenue was closed at Slack Street. People leaving campus are being advised to use California or Highland instead. RTA buses were also being rerouted.

CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Chris Elms says multiple aircraft are battling the fire from the sky. There are also ten engines from both CAL FIRE and San Luis Obispo City Fire, along with two dozers. He said no structures are threatened and that the fire is burning up over the hill. Elms said a retardant line was at the head of the fire and was slowing its progress. 

This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

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