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Firefighters making progress on Central Coast wildfires

Posted at 4:57 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 14:54:41-04

Firefighters say they’re making good progress on three wildfires burning on the Central Coast.

The largest of the three, named the Lake Fire, has burned 316 acres near Lake San Antonio. It is 90 percent contained as of Wednesday.

The Lake Fire broke out Monday in the area of Jolon Rd. and New Pleyto Rd. in Monterey County.

Also burning in Monterey County is the 300-acre Mill Fire. It started Tuesday morning in the Big Sur area of the Los Padres National Forest near Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd.

Forest Service officials say it is currently 10 percent contained. Overnight, they say the fire “chewed through the retardant line.” It’s burning at a higher elevation that is not affected by the marine layer.

In Santa Barbara County, a fire that broke out late Sunday night near Lake Cachuma is now 85 percent contained.

The Range Fire burned 100 acres.

Forest Service officials say crews are mostly doing mop-up work now. They expect full containment on Saturday.

The causes of each fire are under investigation.