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UPDATE: Pond Fire burning near Creston now at 1,700 acres, 54% contained

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-02 22:31:39-04

UPDATE (Sun. 7:30 p.m.) - In a tweet posted Sunday night, CAL FIRE says the Pond Fire is has burned 1,700 acres and is 54% contained.

Evacuation orders are still in place.

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UPDATE (Sun. 8:48 a.m.) - CAL FIRE SLO said flight mapping is showing the fire has burned 1,550 acres and it 10% contained.

At least two homes destroyed, according to fire officials.

For the latest on the fire Sunday, click here.

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UPDATE (10:03 p.m.) - Red Cross volunteers are helping to assist at the temporary evacuation site at Santa Margarita Elementary School, according to a tweet from Red Cross Central California.

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UPDATE (9:51 p.m.) - The San Luis Obispo County Type 3 Incident Management Team has issued evacuation warnings for south of Las Pilatas Road, west of Park Hill Road to East Pozo Road, north and east of West Pozo Road to Highway 58.

An evacuation warning means residents can voluntarily leave, but it is not mandatory. In the event conditions worsen, they should prepare to leave.

An evacuation order is mandatory.

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UPDATE (8:44 p.m.) - More evacuations orders by the San Luis Obispo County Type 3 Incident Management Team. These include south of Highway 58, west of Huer Huero Road, north of Las Pilitas Road, and east of Pozo Road.

The current evacuation center is Santa Margarita Elementary School located at 22070 H Street, according to the post.

The Horse Emergency Evacuation Team of San Luis Obispo County also has seven trailer teams from their North and South County crews, according to a Facebook post.

The HEET team said in a comment they are staging and sheltering operations at Santa Margarita Ranch. They said to contact them at (805) 550-0213 before bringing in animals to their command center.

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UPDATE (8:36 p.m.) - Both Santa Maria Fire and Five Cities Fire are assisting with the pond fire, according to their tweets.

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UPDATE (7:42 p.m.) - CAL FIRE SLO says the fire is now 2,000 acres with 0% containment.

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UPDATE (7:00 p.m.) - The fire has grown to 1,200 acres, according to CAL FIRE SLO.

CAL FIRE SLO Chief Scott Jalbert said about 100 homes have been evacuated and more could be included in that evacuation order if conditions worsen.

Highway 58 from Parkhill Rd. to Huer Huero Rd. is closed according to Caltrans.

A SigAlert has been issued for the area.

Firefighters are facing challenges with steep and rugged terrain, according to fire officials.

About 150 fire personnel is on scene battling the fire using multiple engines, dozers and airtankers.

Chief Jalbert said state resources are limited due to several other wildfires burning across California.

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UPDATE (6:20 p.m.) - The Pond Fire has jumped to 400 acres, according to CAL FIRE SLO.

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UPDATE (5:50 p.m.) - Evacuations are in progress for the areas of Highway 58 and Huer Huero Rd south to Park Hill Rd, according to sheriff's officials.

The SLO County Sheriff's Office is using a Reverse 9-1-1 notification system to alert residents in the evacuation area.

Officials said at least one structure is destroyed and many others are threatened.
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ORIGINAL STORY (5:25 p.m.) - CAL FIRE SLO is on scene of a vegetation fire burning in Creston.

According to officials, the fire, called the Pond Fire, broke out at 6:44 p.m and is burning near the 3400 block of Katacreek Rd.

It has already burned more than 50 acres.

Road closures are in place on Highway 58 and evacuations are in progress.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is assisting with evacuations.

This is a developing story, check back later for details.