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Firefighters stop forward progress of Whale Fire near Cayucos

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Posted at 2:00 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 09:43:30-04

CAL FIRE SLO officials said Sunday morning the Whale Fire burning northeast of Cayucos has grown to 210 acres and is 35 percent contained.

According to a news release sent to KSBY, firefighters stopped forward progress of the blaze, which was initially reported along Old Creek Road and Santa Rita Road.

Although forward progress is stopped, Old Creek Road at Highway 46 and Old Creek Road at Santa Rita Road remains closed.

Fire crews say they have faced multiple challenges while battling the Whale Fire, including high temperatures and steep terrain.

The public information officer for CAL FIRE SLO said crews will focus on mopping up the area and mitigating tree hazards around the perimeter.

All evacuation warnings were lifted Saturday evening, according to fire officials.

There is 85 fire personnel, five engines, three water tenders and four hand crews responding to the incident, said the public information officer.

There are no reported injuries or damages to structures. No structures are threatened at this time, according to fire crews.

CAL FIRE SLO officials are working to determine the cause of the fire and when to expect full containment.