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Branch Fire destroys two structures and 10 outbuildings, crews continue to build and strengthen control lines

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Posted at 7:04 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 10:48:07-04

UPDATE (7:47 a.m. Thursday) - The Branch Fire is now 82% contained.

UPDATE (7:28 p.m. Wednesday) - Firefighters reach 75% containment of the Branch Fire.

UPDATE (4:28 p.m.) - Evacuation orders for the Branch Fire will be lifted at 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to CAL FIRE.

(7:04 a.m.) - The Branch Fire that broke out at about 2 p.m. Tuesday in the California Valley, has burned 3,022 acres and is 50% contained.

Two structures and 10 outbuildings have been destroyed, fire crews are continuing to build and strengthen fire control lines.

Highway 58 was forced to close at Soda Lake Road, but has since reopened.

The brush fire began in the area of Highway 58 in eastern San Luis Obispo County and eventually caused residents on Belmont Trail from Soda Lake Road to Branch Mountain Road to evacuate.

Additional evacuation orders were put in place for Soda Lake Road to Branch Mountain Road and Belmont Trail to Greybriar.

The California Valley Recreation Center became an evacuation center for those residents forced to evacuate .

This is a developing story, we'll continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.