ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. - UPDATES
[8:00 a.m. Sept. 23, 2017] The Huasna Fire burning near Arroyo Grande reached 90 percent containment overnight and did not increase in size. The fire continues to hold at 244 acres. Firefighters are working to put out hotspots and strengthen containment lines. Four fire crews, six fire engines and one water tender remain on site.
[5:00 p.m. Sept. 22, 2017] Containment of the Huasna Fire has increased to 87 percent. Acreage is not expected to increase with full containment expected Sunday at 8 p.m.
[7:48 a.m. Sept. 22, 2017] The Huasna Fire burning just outside of Arroyo Grande is now 85% contained. Acreage is holding at 244 acres. Fire officials said they expect full containment by Sunday.
[5:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2017] The Huasna Fire burning just outside Arroyo Grande is holding at 244 acres and is 75 percent contained. Fire officials said the fire's forward progress has been stopped. Firefighters continue to build and strengthen containment lines and put out hot spots. Steep terrain continues to make access and containment line construction difficult. There are no evacuations in place.
[9:13 a.m. Sept. 21, 2017] The Huasna Fire is now 60% contained. Total acreage burned remains at 244.
A fast-moving fire broke out Wednesday afternoon about 10 miles east of Highway 101 in rural Arroyo Grande. It's being called the Huasna Fire.
Fire season is not over yet - that fire started a little before 3 PM Wednesday afternoon. It's burned about 250 acres so far.
Earlier we spoke with a man who was concerned about his business.
"I was coming back from Paso Robles today and I noticed the smoke over the hills towards Lopez Lake," Bill Thoming of Arroyo Grande said.
This was especially concerning for Bill Thoming because he owns a business there.
"Out there all the time because we have a ropes course and zip line out there," Thoming said. "So anytime I see fire on that side of the hill and we have had a couple over the past couple years..
I rush onto my phone, check it out, is it in the park, close the park, the campground area.. if it's going to effect us."
Thoming was relieved that the fire was a handful of miles away from his business at Lopez Lake.
"I saw the white wings of the airplanes so I knew the guys were on it, they don't mess around with all the rain we've had and the high feeds..these fires can get out of control in a hurry," Thoming said.
There was one structure threatened at one point Wednesday afternoon but it was saved. No-one was asked to evacuate.
"There's a lot of homeowners out there in that area.. a lot of out buildings and livestock," Thoming said.
Steep terrain was a hindrance for firefighters who relied mostly on an aerial attack. They say Wednesday's humidity was a plus.
"I think they're doing an awesome job.. there's a lot of going on in the state of California because of all the rains..and I'm sure those guys are spread thin as it is," Thoming said.
Firefighters are not expecting this fire to grow much overnight. It's at about 45 percent containment.
They're still trying to figure out how this fire started.