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Mill Fire in Big Sur reaches 70% containment

Posted: 12:57 PM, Aug 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-05 16:27:25-04
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The Mill Fire, which broke out last week in Big Sur, has burned 310 acres and is 70 percent contained as of Monday, Aug. 5.

The fire started July 30 near the intersection of Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. and Highway 1 in the Los Padres National Forest.

The cause is under investigation.

More than 380 fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Forest Service officials say firefighters are mostly now just mopping up and putting out hot spots, as well as building and reinforcing containment lines.

Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. remains closed so fire crews can travel safely through the area.

Over the weekend, Los Padres National Forest officials issued an order closing the Mill Fire area to the public until the fire is fully contained. People found violating the closure order could face a $5,000 fine.