Grass fire burns 1,410 acres in rural Santa Margarita

June 12, 2024


The Bear Fire burning in rural Santa Margarita has burned 1,410 acres and is 50% contained, as of Wednesday evening.

Shortly before noon on Wednesday, a caller reported the blaze burning near the intersection of Soda Lake Road and Gaviota Trail, according to Cal Fire. Amid dry and windy conditions, the fire quickly spread.

By 6 p.m., firefighters had stopped the forward spread of the blaze. Ten structures are currently threatened.

Cal Fire personnel are investigating the cause of the blaze.


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One might think that Santa Margarita is the largest town in California when this fire is about 50 miles east of the Post Office. I have to laugh when property for sale is advertised as in Santa Margarita and the sorry soul takes that drive to why it’s so cheap.