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UPDATE: Oak Fire now 100% contained, crews say

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Aug 17, 2019

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. - CAL FIRE SLO says the Oak Fire is now 100% contained.

45 acres burned, 0 structures damaged. All crews have been released from the scene.


The Oak Fire that broke out yesterday off Highway 101 south of Atascadero is now 80 percent contained, according to Cal Fire San Luis Obispo.

Crews confirmed the fire size at 45 acres after GPS tracking.

Firefighters are still on scene Saturday morning near Highway 58.

Cal Fire said in a tweet that all containment lines have been completed but crews will be on scene for several more hours to continue mopping up.

The fire broke out just before 12:30 p.m. Friday after a pickup truck driving northbound suffered a broken drive line.

The broken parts sparked a fire in the center divide of Highway 101 before spreading to either side of the highway.

No structures were damaged. CAL FIRE says firefighters were able to protect 20 homes that were initially threatened by the flames.

Evacuation orders were issued for people living on Santa Margarita Rd. and Powerline Rd. Those orders were lifted several hours after the fire broke out.

Highway 101 saw heavy traffic throughout the afternoon, but all lanes of the highway were reopened later Friday.