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UPDATE: Lopez Fire containment increased to 50%

Posted at 9:18 AM, Sep 23, 2019

UPDATE (6:50 p.m.) - CAL FIRE reports that containment of the Lopez Fire has increased to 50 percent.

The fire broke out near Lopez Lake Saturday afternoon and has burned 220 acres.

UPDATE (2:20 p.m.) - CAL FIRE says all roads have reopened and residents have been allowed to return home; however, they are being advised to stay "fire ready."


(9:18 a.m.) - Firefighters will continue work to improve containment lines around the Lopez Fire burning near Lopez Lake in San Luis Obispo County.

As of Monday morning, CAL FIRE SLO said the fire had burned 220 acres since breaking out Saturday afternoon and remained 20 percent contained.

Two injuries are being attributed to the fire. No structures have been destroyed.

Evacuation orders for residents in the area will be lifted Monday at 11 a.m., but an evacuation warning will remain in place for French Camp and Upper Lopez Canyon Road and also the 1700 block of Upper Lopez Canyon Road.

Crews did not expect a change in the fire size overnight. Fire officials say while mop-up efforts are continuing, steep, rugged terrain is still a factor and makes it difficult to bring needed equipment into the area.

Multiple agencies remain on scene, including CAL FIRE, the U.S. Forest Service, Five Cities Fire Authority, Paso Robles City Fire, San Luis Obispo City Fire, Santa Maria City Fire and Santa Barbara County Fire firefighters.

CAL FIRE SLO Chief Scott Jalbert told KSBY News Saturday that the fuels around the Lopez Fire are very dry and the offshore winds were driving the flames uphill. He said there are very few recent burn scars, as the area hasn't burned in about 60 years.

No word on what sparked the blaze.