Avila Beach fire almost fully contained

July 30, 2012

Firefighters have a fire on the ridge separating Avila Beach from Shell Beach almost fully contained.

Cal Fire officials said between five and six acres of heavy brush burned in the fire that was first reported about 3:30 p.m. today. Tankers dropped water while hand crews battled the downhill moving fire working to extinguish the blaze and protect the Sycamore Hot Springs resort.

Two hand crews each consisting  of 17 inmates from the California Men’s Colony and two fire captains will remain in the area to watch for hot spots.

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Last week there was a 650 acre veg fire near santa Margarita with hundreds of homes threatened, yet no report. Now this itty bitty little ciggy butt fire near Avila, and big news?

Fighter fighters did an excellent job. I saw the smoke start at 3:30.. Took pictures till there were only clouds left… The ocean breeze made it hard to keep down. Those planes were on top of it.. Good job… hour and 1/2 later.. fire lost.. Good job.. I hope to find out what started it. It was a foggy day..