Update: Camino Fire 25% contained, acreage unchanged

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Update, 7 p.m. Tuesday:

By 7 p.m., firefighters were able to draw containment lines around 25% of the Camino Fire, according to Cal Fire.

The fire was still about 200 acres, the agency said in a news release.

Although 50 structures were threatened, none have been damaged or destroyed, according to Cal Fire.

“Fire activity has moderated as aircraft have made many retardant drops around the fire,” Cal Fire said in the release. “Fire continues to burn within the perimeter. Firefighters and bulldozers are constructing containment lines.”

Huasna Road continues to be closed at Jatta Road except to residents.

A total of 375 firefighting personnel are assigned to the Camino Fire plus multiple air tankers from throughout the state, according to Cal Fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Update 6 p.m.:

As of early evening, the Camino Fire still appears to be at about 200 acres, according to Cal Fire spokesman Adan Orozco, with zero containment.

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District is assessing local air quality to identify potential health impacts from the fire burning in Huasna on Tuesday evening.

According to a district news release, westerly winds are pushing smoke inland, which could impact residents in eastern SLO County and Carrizo Plain in the evening. Once winds decrease later tonight, smoke models show there could be impacts to the Five Cities region, as well as SLO and Morro Bay, according to the release.

Skies may be hazy and fine particulate concentrations higher than normal until the fire is contained.

Official recommend you take precautions if you smell smoke or see ash, and attempt to reduce exposure to smoke. Adults and children should stay indoors if possible, avoid strenuous outdoor activity and close windows and doors that lead outside.

Update, 4:40 p.m.:

Huasna Road at Acre Wood Place is closed due to the Camino Fire, according to CHP.

People are asked to avoid the area.

Update, 3:20 p.m.:

Cal Fire spokesman Adan Orozco said it is unclear how exactly the Camino Fire started, but he shared some additional details about how the flames appear to have spread so quickly.

“The fire started in grass that is very dry, and then with that breeze that is going through, it pushed it into some brush, and then it started to go uphill,” he told The Tribune from the scene Tuesday afternoon. “Once it aligned with the hill and the canyon, the wind got stronger and pushed the fire out to 200 acres.”

Orozco said an investigator is on scene attempting to determine the cause of the blaze.

He added that with evacuation warnings in place, residents should be on the alert for new developments.

“I would say if you see smoke, pay attention to the local news, our Cal Fire Twitter account and our Facebook account as we’ll keep providing updates,” Orozco said. “And if the fire is looking really close, maybe it is time to go.”

The fire is 0% contained at this time.

Update, 3 p.m.:

The evacuation warning for the area between Huasna Road, Mary Hall Road and Huasna Townsite has been upgraded to an evacuation order, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

An additional evacuation warning has been issued for the Huasna Townsite area which means to be prepared to evacuate should conditions worsen, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Camino Fire burns in the hills near Huasna on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, according to Cal Fire. The fire has the potential to reach 1,500 acres.
The Camino Fire burns in the hills near Huasna on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, according to Cal Fire. The fire has the potential to reach 1,500 acres.

Update, 2 p.m.:

The fire has exploded to 200 acres with a potential for 1,500 acres, Cal Fire tweeted at 2 p.m.

According to Cal Fire, a reverse 911 has also been issued for an evacuation warning for the area between Huasna Road, Mary Hall Road and Huasna Townsite.

Cal Fire spokesman Adan Orozco said the fire, now called the Camino Fire, seems to have begun in the grass and then quickly spread up the hill; it is now moving through the hills south of Huasna, he said.

The fast-moving fire is not yet contained, though multiple agencies are responding, Orozco said. Those include Cal Fire, AG Hotshots and Five Cities Fire Authority.

Numerous structures are threatened, though none have been damaged, he added.

The Camino Fire burns in the hills near Huasna on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, according to Cal Fire. The fire has the potential to reach 1,500 acres.
The Camino Fire burns in the hills near Huasna on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, according to Cal Fire. The fire has the potential to reach 1,500 acres.

People are encouraged to avoid Huasna Road while firefighters are attempting to battle the blaze.

Large pillars of smoke can be scene from across the county, including in Atascadero and Pismo Beach.

According to the National Weather Service, temperature in the area of the Camino Fire is 91 degrees, with winds of about 5 mph, and gusts of 15 mph.

The Camino Fire sends up a column of smoke near the intersection of Huasna Road and Christine Loomis Drive on June 28, 2022.
The Camino Fire sends up a column of smoke near the intersection of Huasna Road and Christine Loomis Drive on June 28, 2022.

Update, 1:50 p.m.:

The fire has expanded to 100 acres, still with the potential to reach 300, firefighters say. It’s burning near the intersection of Huasna Road and Christine Loomis Drive, according to a tweet by Cal Fire.

Update, 1:40 p.m.:

The fire near Huasna has grown to 40 acres, with the potential to reach 300.

Original story:

A fire in a rural area of southern San Luis Obispo County has spread from grass into nearby brush and is threatening nearby structures, according to emergency radio traffic.

The fire, located near Huasna east of Arroyo Grande and south of Lopez Lake, had burned 15 acres as of 1:15 p.m. and could spread to about 75 acres, according to the radio traffic.

The fire was reported just before noon on Tuesday, according to the emergency notification app PulsePoint.

Cal Fire is responding to the fire with both air and ground resources.

A fire near Huasna sends up a column of smoke on Tuesday afternoon, June 28, 2022.
A fire near Huasna sends up a column of smoke on Tuesday afternoon, June 28, 2022.
The Camino Fire burns in the hills near Huasna on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, according to Cal Fire. The fire has the potential to reach 1,500 acres.
The Camino Fire burns in the hills near Huasna on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, according to Cal Fire. The fire has the potential to reach 1,500 acres.