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Crews make progress in Santa Margarita fire

A fire broke out on California's central coast in San Luis Obispo County on Saturday afternoon, forcing evacuations of six campgrounds.

August 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A fire that errupted on California's central coast in San Luis Obispo County on Saturday was 78 percent contained by Monday morning.The blaze broke out in the afternoon in Santa Margarita and has scorched around 1,263 acres so far, officials said.

Six campgrounds were evacuated. The fire also briefly threatened several buildings nearby.

Fiire officials said that about 1,018 personnel are currently assigned to the fire, including six helicopters, one fixed wing aircraft, 16 dozers, 12 water tenders, 37 crews and 22 engines.

The Los Padres, Turkey Flat, Friis, Navajo, La Panza and Navajo Flats campgrounds were evacuated.

Officials said full containment is expected by Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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