Santa Margarita evacuation lifted, fire grows
August 20, 2015
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 sparks from a vehicle suspected to have started five fires from Buellton to Shandon. Firefighters are dealing with steep terrain, hot weather, moderate winds and extreme drought conditions.
According to Cal Fire, no structures have been damaged and no firefighters have been injured.
After a one day delay, Santa Margarita Elementary School will begin classes on Thursday morning.