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.

Cuesta Fire 13

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Thank you to all the fire fighters. Camp San Luis was full of fighter fighting trucks full of our brave men and women. Saved Santa Margarita. Wow, pretty impressive Cal Fire and supporters!!

“According to Cal Fire, no structures have been damaged and no firefighters have been injured.”

This is the (so far) the “big win” for everyone. Plus, when the rains come, think of all the new vegetation that will sprout up in that newly-enriched soil!

Thank you to all the firefighters who are doing their job!

Think of all of the mud slides that will happen when this Godzilla El Nino hits and there’s no vegetation holding things together!

Nature needs these fires for wildlife and plant propagation, allowing homes to be built in harms way may need re-thinking. I’m not justifying irresponsible behavior, just sharing a pragmatic thought. Underground housing makes good sense in the chaparral, just like many of the other critters that lives there.

Snake in the closet.