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Smoke plumes rise from Cuesta Fire

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Over the weekend, San Luis Obispo County firefighters dealt with seven hot spots that flared up within the Cuesta Fire containment lines. [KSBY] At about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, people began reporting two plumes of smoke on a hillside off... (Continue reading)

This vehicle is suspected of sparking Cuesta Fire


Cal Fire has released a photo of a truck that is suspected of causing the Cuesta Fire. The photo, which was taken in an Arroyo Grande parking lot, shows a white pickup truck with an RV and a Volkswagen Beetle... (Continue reading)

Firefighter injured, building destroyed in Cuesta Fire

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UPDATE 10 a.m.: The Cuesta fire remains at 3,500 acres and is 70 percent contained. ORIGINAL: A firefighter was injured this week while fighting the Cuesta Fire which continues to burn south of Santa Margarita. The firefighter fell while battling... (Continue reading)

Santa Margarita evacuation lifted, fire grows

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The evacuation for Santa Margarita was lifted Wednesday evening after winds moved the Cuesta Fire southeast. The burn area has grown to 3,500 acres with 20 percent containment. Nearly 1,000 firefighters continue to battle the blaze started Sunday afternoon by... (Continue reading)

Fire delays Santa Margarita Elementary School opening day

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Classes at Santa Margarita Elementary School will not start on Wednesday as previously planned, the Atascadero Unified School District announced Tuesday. Approximately 1,000 firefighters are battling a blaze burning on the southwest side of the town. The last estimate, on... (Continue reading)

Cuesta Fire burns 2,000 acres

Firefighters near a dirt road a quarter of a mile from Santa Margarita.

UPDATE 8 a.m.: The Cuesta Fire burn area stayed at 2,500 acres and is 15 percent contained. The evacuation for Santa Margarita south of the railroad tracks remains in place. UPDATE 7:15 p.m., The Cuesta Fire has scorched 2,500 acres... (Continue reading)

Cuesta Fire scorches 300 acres

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UPDATE 7 p.m.: The Cuesta Fire has burned 500 acres and prompted the evacuation of the town of Santa Margarita south of the railroad tracks. Approximately 500 people in 350 homes were evacuated Monday afternoon. No structures have been damaged... (Continue reading)

Two fires burning on the Cuesta Grade near Santa Margarita

A photo of cars headed north bound on the grade and the fire beside them.

UPDATE 11 a.m.: Fire investigators believe one vehicle likely caused the 100 acre Grade Fire south of Buellton, the Cuesta Fire and the Cholame Fire off of Highway 41 near Shandon, said Bennet Milloy, a Cal Fire public information officer.... (Continue reading)

Cal Fire quickly stops Santa Margarita wildfire

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Cal Fire crews quickly stopped the spread of a 5-acre grass fire Sunday afternoon on West Pozo Road about one mile east of the Santa Margarita cemetery. Shortly after noon, five engines and one aircraft responded to the blaze. In less then... (Continue reading)

Santa Margarita man cops to child pornography charge

Santa Maria High School teacher Michael Smith

A Santa Margarita man and former high school teacher will serve jail time for a child pornography offense. [KSBY] Michael David Smith, 53, pleaded no contest Tuesday to one felony county of possession of child pornography. Smith previously faced an... (Continue reading)

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