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UPDATE: Forward progress stopped in 1,200 acre grass fire in Shandon

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 02:48:42-04

UPDATE (6:39 p.m.) – Forward progress of the fire has been stopped, according to CAL FIRE SLO.

Firefighters are expected to remain on scene throughout the night to strengthen containment lines and extinguish hot spots.

The Gillis Fire broke out around 2:45 p.m. on Monday. The cause is under investigation.


UPDATE (6:22 p.m.) – CAL FIRE reports the fire that broke out Monday afternoon near Shandon is now 50 percent contained. Some aircraft are being released from the incident.


UPDATE (5:59 p.m.) – The fire has reportedly grown to 1,200 acres.


UPDATE: (5:50 p.m.) – CAL FIRE SLO reports containment of the fire is now at 20 percent.


UPDATE (5:05 p.m.) – CAL FIRE SLO says new estimates show the fire has grown to 1,000 acres and is roughly 15 percent contained. Additional equipment and aircraft are being brought in to help battle the blaze.

Fire in Shandon. Photo Courtesy: Ryan Reeber


UPDATE (4:45 p.m.) – CAL FIRE SLO says a fire in Shandon Monday has grown to 600 acres.

As of 4:45 p.m., it was estimated to be about 10 percent contained.

When the fire first broke out, fire officials say structures were threatened but there have been no reports of any structures damaged.

Crews are “working hard to stop the threat,” officials said.

Fire in Shandon. Photo Courtesy: Ryan Reeber


(3 p.m.) – CAL FIRE responded to another fire in northern San Luis Obispo County Monday afternoon.

The latest broke out on Gillis Canyon Road in Shandon at around 2:45 p.m.

CAL FIRE SLO said as of 2:55 p.m. an air tanker was overhead reporting the fire to be two to three acres in size and burning in grass.

Crews say it has a moderate rate of spread and the potential to grow to 20 acres.

Firefighters earlier in the day put out a string of small fires that broke out around 1 p.m. on the eastbound side of Highway 46 East near Jardine Road.

No word on the cause of any of the fires.