Park Hill Fire grows to 1,800 acres

June 21, 2015

Update Sunday at 3:45 p.m. The Park Hill Fire is 50 percent contained at 1,800 acres. The fire is no longer spreading forward.

Cal Fire reports that one civilian was injured, but is providing no further information about the injuries at this time.

The cost of the fire is estimated at $1.7 million.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

At 5 p.m., the evacuation order will be lifted. During the evacuation, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Deputies evacuated 72 properties and the fire Horse Emergency Evacuation Team evacuated six large animals and many smaller ones.

Update Sunday at 12 p.m. The Park Hill Fire east of Santa Margarita has grown to 1,800 acres. Multiple structures have fire damage and two homes are completely destroyed.

The fires is about 15 percent contained and complete containment is expected in about two days.

Approximately a dozen people slept inside an evacuation center at the Santa Margarita Elementary School while several other families set up tents or parked RV’s at the school. The American Red Cross is staffing the evacuation center and providing food and drinks to evacuees.

Approximately 500 people were evacuated because of the fire.

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Update 10 p.m. Approximately 500 people have been been evacuated from homes in the Park Hill’s Road area of rural Santa Margarita. Two structures have been completely destroyed. At this time, the fire continues to move east with no containment, according to Cal Fire.

Original: By 8 p.m. on Saturday, the Park Hill Fire had burned more than 1,000 acres and at least three homes east of Santa Margarita.

At about 2:30 p.m., the fire broke out on Las Pilitas Road off of West Pozo Road, which is four miles southeast of Santa Margarita. The fire has burned several structures including three homes.

Mandatory evacuations on Las Pilitas Road from Park Hill Road to 3851 Las Pilitas Road, Park Hill Road from Las Pilitas to two miles east, and Park Hill Road from Las Pilitas Road to 7 Oaks. An evacuation center is set up at Santa Margarita Elementary School. The American Red Cross is staffing the evacuation center.

Officials said they hope to have the fire 50 to 60 percent containment by Sunday morning.In the firefighters favor, the winds are very light.

The fire is currently moving eastbound away from Santa Margarita.


Try, it’s the local site. I heard from a reporter that there was not any cell coverage on the fire line, so all hey had to go on was scanner traffic.


Is it just me or was our local coverage of this absent? Details of a fast moving and destructive fire were hard to find via ANY media in our area.

It seems like we were not ready for this. Does the incident command center produce press briefs? Where do they get posted?


I agree it was not covered at all hardly and they did not even mention which way it was moving. I even went on the cal fire site and not much info on there either. I hope in the future they will put out more information so folks can be better prepared.