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Crews battle vegetation fire near Avila Beach

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Posted at 12:52 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 23:52:17-04

UPDATE (5 p.m.) - Nearly a dozen engines, five hand crews, one helicopter, and two air tankers were called out to help fight a vegetation fire that broke out on Meadowbrook Lane and See Canyon Road near Avila Beach early Wednesday afternoon.

What started as a two-acre fire quickly spread to five acres.

"We had a brief period in there where the wind picked up a little bit so it helped push the fire to the top of the ridge but utilizing the aircraft, we were able to kinda contain it to that five acres," said CAL FIRE SLO Public Information Officer Adan Orozco.

The steep terrain posed a challenge for firefighters and they say although there are homes in the area, they have good defensible space and no structures were damaged.

Fire officials said they would continue to remain in the area to continue to put out any hot stops.
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UPDATE (2:48 p.m.) - CAL FIRE says the fire is contained after burning five acres.

Firefighters are expected to remain on scene for several hours.

No structures were damaged.

The cause is under investigation.
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(12:52 p.m.) - CAL Fire SLO is battling a vegetation fire that broke out on Meadowbrook Lane and See Canyon Road near Avila Beach just after 12 p.m. Wednesday.

The fire has burned two acres at a rapid rate of spread.

Fire officials say it has the potential to spread to 200 acres and additional resources have been requested.

No structures are threatened at this time.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as information becomes available.