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Cuesta Fire 85% Contained

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Firefighters have lassoed much of the Cuesta Fire, according to a fire update from Cal Fire, released at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

“Crews continue to make outstanding progress in the Water Canyon staying direct on the fire’s edge,” said Cal Fire Spokesman Bennett Milloy. “Other areas of the fire are moving to a mop up and patrol status.”

With some 1,326 firefighters still on the front lines (down from 1,600 last weekend), Cal Fire now has 59 engines, 19 water trucks, six helicopters and a dozen dozers, manned by 56 crews, working on the fire, which was 85-percent contained with full containment still predicted for Wednesday, Sept. 26. Continue reading Cuesta Fire 85% Contained

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Historical Society to Meet Aug. 30

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The Historical Society of Morro Bay will hold its next general meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall, at Driftwood and Shasta streets. Free.

They ask folks to bring favorite finger foods to share along with favorite stories of Morro Bay. Coffee provided.

The program is with local historian, Dick Miller, with a presentation on Carp (or Greening) Lake, a former lake in the dunes near the current site of Motel 6 and Morro Bay High School. Expect a fascinating tale of history that includes farming, real estate development, and a modern high school.
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Help Sought with Cuesta Fire Cause

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Cal Fire is asking for help in identifying the vehicle they suspect is responsible for starting the Cuesta Fire and at least two others.

“The Cuesta Fire was reported on [Sunday] Aug. 16 at approximately 6:12 p.m.,” reads a notice from Cal Fire. “Investigators believe a northbound vehicle traveling uphill over the Cuesta Grade was experiencing some type of mechanical issue that ignited dry vegetation adjacent to the road.

The same vehicle may also be responsible for a fire on an uphill section of Highway 101, the Nojoqui Grade, in Santa Barbara County and on an uphill section of Highway 41 in Northern San Luis Obispo County.”
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Estuary Forum, Aug. 29

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The Morro Bay National Estuary Program is hosting a free public forum to give local residents and visitors a chance to learn about the health of the estuary and watershed. The forum is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Morro Bay Community Center multi-purpose room.

NEWS NEP Forum 08-29NEP Monitoring Program Manager, Ann Kitajima, will discuss water quality and bacteria in the bay and watershed. Restoration Projects Manager, Jen Nix, will discuss the health of eelgrass in the bay, as well as past and future replanting efforts. There will also be Q&A sessions and educational displays. The NEP is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of being designated one of just 28 national estuaries. Continue reading Estuary Forum, Aug. 29

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Burning Candle Almost Burns Up House

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Residents of a San Luis Obispo duplex escaped serious injury when a candle left burning ignited a small fire in one unit that was mostly put out with a fire extinguisher by the neighbor.

According to the SLO Fire Department at 4:22 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, they got a report of a structure fire at 2179 Beebee St. First arriving was a paramedic truck company that reported smoke billowing from downstairs windows and the front door of one unit. Continue reading Burning Candle Almost Burns Up House

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