McMillan Fire near Shandon 100 percent contained

Forward progress stopped


The McMillan Fire is now 100 percent contained, according to a tweet by Cal Fire published at 7:00 a.m. Friday.

The fire scorched 1,700 acres.

UPDATE: 12:05 p.m.

The McMillan Fire is now 75 percent contained. The total acreage held overnight and remains at 2000 acres.

UPDATE: 10:05 P.M. 6/12/19

Fire crews as well as equipment will remain on the fireline throughout the night to extinguish hot spots as well as to strengthen containment, according to CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo. 


UPDATE; 8:31 P.M. 6/12/19

Highway 46 is now open in both directions, according to Caltrans.

Fire crews are still on scene, Caltrans advises the public to use caution. 

The McMillan Fire in northeast San Luis Obispo County continues to grow and caused officials to shut down Highway 46 for a period of time.

The fire, which started as a small spot fire near Shandon, grew to over 2000 acres and is currently 50 percent contained. Forward progress has been stopped.

The fire jumped a containment line and quickly approached the highway, with plumes of black smoke severely hindering visibility. 

The roadway was shut down in both directions after 5 p.m. By around 5:30 p.m., eastbound traffic was reopened.

Caltrans and California Highway Patrol officers will remain on scene to enforce the road closures. 

Firefighters worked to contain a vegetation fire that broke out in northern San Luis Obispo County on Wednesday. 

The McMillan Fire sparked just before 1 p.m. on Highway 46 east of McMillan Canyon Road near Shandon.

First responding crews found a vegetation fire burning 10 acres in dry grass moving at a moderate rate of speed. 

Just over an hour after the fire was first reported, the fire had exploded to over 600 acres with a moderate to rapid rate of spread.

By 3:40 p.m., the fire had grown to 1000 acres but fire crews were able to make progress on containment. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.

Caltrans plans to close Highway 46 in the area of the fire Wednesday evening. It's unclear how long the road will be closed at this time. 


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