SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. -

LATEST UPDATE:

Chimney Fire is now 100% contained after burning some 46,344 acres in San Luis Obispo County.

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As of Tuesday morning according to Cal Fire SLO the acreage for the Chimney Fire remains the same, but it is not 85% contained, with some 2,981 personnel on site.

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The latest estimates for the Chimney Fire are 46,344 acres burned, containment now stands at 70%

All evacuations of neighborhoods affected by the Chimney Fire were lifted at 5:00 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from Cal Fire.

The last residents allowed home live in Monterey County in the Bryson Hesperia area.  Other residents on the north, west and south sides of the fire are also able to return home.

Even with the end of evacuations, firefighters urge residents to remain ready should conditions change and people are once again told to leave. 

 

PREVIOUS STORY:

The Chimney Fire in SLO County has burned 45,844 and containment has increased to 61%.

On Friday, Residents in the communities of Christmas Cove, Bee Rock and Oak Shores were allowed to return home beginning at noon.

Friday, fire officials announced that an evacuation order was lifted for the areas north of Lake Nacimiento, Christmas Oak Shore and Bee Rock. The evacuation warning has been lifted for north of San Simeon Creek Road; including Van Gordon Creek Road, Keytstone Mine Road, and Red Mountain Road.

The evacuation order remains in effect for the Bryson-Hesperia area of Monterey County.

Road closures at Nacimineto Lake Drive and Interlake Drive have reopened. However, road closures remain in effect at Interlake Road and Bryson Hesperia Road.

3,985 personnel continues to fight the Chimney Fire, along with: 328 total fire engines, 106 hand crews, 7 air tankers, 16 helicopters, 46 dozers, and 69 water tenders.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016 UPDATE

Evacuation order for communities south of Lake Nacimiento will be lifted Thursday at noon.

The communities of Tri-County, Cal Shasta, Rancho Del Lago, and South Shore Village are private gated communities and these areas as of noon will no longer be under evacuation orders. Running Deer Road is not open to the public. Property owners of these private communities are being asked to carry a form of identification, current utility bill, or other evidence showing an address within the Tri-County, Cal-Shasta, Rancho Del Lago and South Shore Village.

Members of the general public are asked to avoid these areas.

Evacuation orders remain in place for Christmas Cove, Oak Shores, North Shore Boat and Ski, Laguna Vista, Lake San Antonio, Sapaqua Valley, and Bryson Hesperia in both San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.

Chimney Fire has currently burned 43,933 acres and is at 41% containment.

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