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UPDATE: Whale Fire near Cayucos 100% contained

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Posted at 7:32 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 01:18:05-04

UPDATE (3:33 p.m.) - The Whale Fire, which broke out Saturday east of Cayucos, is now 100% contained after burning 312 acres, according to CAL FIRE.

Lightning reportedly sparked the fire in the area of Old Creek Road and Santa Rita Road.

No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.

Fire officials say one fire engine will continue to patrol the area.

UPDATE (8:15 a.m.) - Tuesday morning CAL FIRE SLO made a correction to Whale Fire's containment.

Fire officials say the Whale Fire is now 95% contained and remains at 210 acres burned.

(7:32 a.m.) - According to CAL FIRE SLO, the Whale Fire, burning east of Cayucos, is now 65% contained and has burnt 210 acres.

All evacuation warnings have been lifted, but Old Creek Road is closed to through traffic until 5:00 p.m.

The fire broke out Saturday morning along Old Creek Road and Santa Rita Road, meaning this is the fourth day firefighters are battling the fire while dealing with extreme temperatures.

A total of 54 firefighting personnel remain on scene Tuesday morning.