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Firefighters gaining ground on Big Sur fire

The Mill Fire is now 60% contained
Posted: 12:41 PM, Aug 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-04 15:41:35-04
Mill Fire in Big Sur. Photo Courtesy: Los Padres National Forest

Firefighters are making good progress on containing the Mill Fire burning in Big Sur, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Total acres burned climbed on Sunday to 310 acres. The fire is 60 percent contained, officials say.

The Mill Fire started early Tuesday morning near Nacimiento-Fergusson Road near the intersection of Highway 1.

Officials say overnight crews on Saturday patrolled the fire line.

Firefighters also worked to suppress some minimal fire activity near the junction of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road and Cone Peak Road.

According to the Los Padres National Forest, crews will focus on mop up efforts on Sunday and improve line where needed with the major concentration of effort on the southeast corner near the junction of Nacimiento-Fergusson and Cone Peak Roads.

Demobilization of federal resources will also begin Sunday.

There are currently no evacuations in effect and no structures threatened. There have been two minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Road Closures:
Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is currently closed at Highway 1 and at the Fort Hunter Liggett Boundary to allow emergency equipment and fire engines to safely navigate the road.

The U.S. Forest Service says these aerial photos of the fire were taken Thursday afternoon and clearly show the potential this fire had for moving deep into the Big Sur backcountry.

Aerial photos of Mill Fire in Big Sur. Photo Courtesy: Los Padres National Forest