Cuesta fire was reported at 6:14 pm on August 16 as a result of a vehicle on US Highway 101, in an area known as the Cuesta Grade protected by CALFIRE San Luis Obispo Unit. With the hot, dry and windy conditions, the fire quickly grew to several acres as the first firefighters arrived on-scene. The fire is currently estimated at 2,446 acres and 100% contained as of 6PM on 8/28/15.
The total acres burned was adjusted form 3,500 acres due to better mapping. Mapping was a challenge to ground-truth due to dangerous fire behavior, the inability to navigate through the dense forest/brush canopy, steep terrain and the inability to locate the fires edge due to dense vegetation and the number of spot fires. A demobilization firefighting resources will continue over the few days.
Within contained sections of the fire, crews and equipment will begin suppression repair. This entails rehabbing fire lines, placing brush, logs and debris and installing water bars on dozer lines, hand lines and contingency lines to prevent future erosion problems. Small amounts of smoke may be present for several days as trees continue to smolder deep within the control lines. Fire crews remain in place and are patrolling for any threats to the control lines.
The Los Padres National Forest remains under a Level III Fire Restriction order, prohibiting campfires outside of designated campfire use sites, smoking outside of vehicles and buildings and all recreational target shooting.
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More information is available from CALFIRE at http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1201
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday August 16th, 2015 approx. 06:15 PM|
|Location||East of SR101 between San Luis Obispo and Santa Margarita|
|Incident Commander||Forest Service.|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday August 28th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM|
Grass, Brush and Timber
Transition back to a local units occurred today.
Continue demobilization of excess resources, continue suppression repair, continue to patrol containment lines.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Fire line construction is slow in the southeast section of the fire due to heavy fuels and steep and narrow canyons.
The total acres burned changed due to better mapping. Mapping was a challenge to ground-truth due to dangerous fire behavior, the inability to navigate through the dense forest/brush canopy, steep terrain and the inability to locate the fires edge due to dense vegetation and the number of spot fires.
High pressure will continue building into the area bringing higher temperatures and lower RH's with a shallower marine layer in the fire area. Temps will be in the high 80's.