UPDATE 7: 40 a.m.– Firefighters move forward with a response to a brush fire in rural Arroyo Grande. It is reported that 300 acres of Huasna area of rural Arroyo Grande have been destroyed in the fire.
The Imperial County fire service said more firefighters had called for help to tackle a bushfire that broke out in Seeley. Firefighters and personnel will continue to suppress fires, improving and forming control lines in all sectors throughout the day.
Just before noon on Tuesday, an exhaust system started the one-acre grass fire that would become the Camino Fire. However, the fire was fuelled by the hot, dry weather and small wind gusts, which allowed it to jump across Huasna Road and into heavily forested slopes.
On the same day, the fire quickly reaches the hills covering an area of 200 acres. When people believe that it couldn’t get anything worse than that, then again on Wednesday the fire rapidly keeps on growing to cause a loss of over 350 acres.
The fire on Tuesday produced a sizable cloud of smoke that finally swept over many San Luis Obispo County villages and towns when the winds changed in the early evening. Smoke from the Camino fire has led to air quality problems in eastern San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County. However, on Wednesday the air quality condition was improved in most of the affected areas.
Cal Fire, and other local San Luis Obispo County agencies, as well as resources from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles counties, were among the firefighting organizations that reacted to the incident. Also, the overnight recoveries have benefited from the marine layer, which has increased containment. With this, the control lines are still being created and enhanced.
With all the aid received from various organizations, it was possible to control the fire by Thursday morning. As of 7 a.m. on Thursday, the blaze, which was burning along Huasna and Mary Hall roads east of Arroyo Grande, was 65 percent controlled. According to Cal Fire, that’s an increase from the 45 percent controlled as of Wednesday night.