Pozo Fire burning near Santa Margarita nears full containment

One firefighter was injured

Pozo Fire scorches 35 acres injures...


The Pozo Fire burning south of Santa Margarita in San Luis Obispo County is nearing full containment.

The fire is 90 percent contained as of Wednesday morning and holding at 45 acres burned, according to Los Padres National Forest officials.

Crews made solid progress yesterday and overnight. Full containment is expected by the end of the day Wednesday.

50 fire personnel remain on scene. Officials said that if weather conditions remain favorable, they anticipate moving into a monitoring status on Thursday. At that time, crews will focus on locating and extinguishing any remaining hot spots within the containment lines.



A fire broke out at 3055 West Pozo Road in San Luis Obispo County, south of Santa Margarita Lake. Firefighters have stopped forward progress of the blaze.

About 35 acres of grass and brush have burned. As of 6:30 p.m., the fire was 70 percent contained with firefighters hopeful to have it completely contained on Tuesday. The fire was controlled to inside the fire retardant lines.

Cal Fire San Luis Obispo requested additional aircraft and engines to help battle the fire. One firefighter was injured when a tree branch fell on him.

That firefighter was taken to the hospital and is recovering.

"We get a little nervous when we hear of a fire," Santa Margarita resident Kathy Rogers said. 

Kathy Rogers gets nervous because she's done this song and dance before. 

"This summer when the Hill Fire happened we were about a mile away," Rogers said. 

When the Pozo Fire happened Monday afternoon, she was just down the road at her home in Santa Margarita. 

"We're not afraid, but we're always ready because there seems to be fires in our area because of the weather..and the brush," Rogers said. 

When the Pozo Fire broke out, firefighters were glad that people like Rogers were ready - because Sunday marked the beginning of a statewide "Fire Prevention Week." 

"Mainly what we're focusing on this year is every second counts..knowing your way out of a fire situation can be the difference between life and death," Cal Fire's Chris Elms said. 

Chris Elms with Cal Fire says these fires can be destructive and dangerous.

"One firefigher was hurt due to a falling tree..listed in fair condition..brought to a local hospital," Elms said.  

Fire officials said 200 firefighters are working this incident. 

The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. Monday and the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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