Pozo Fire, SLO

8:30 pm – UPDATE: I have no update on the acreage. Went back on the ridge to see if I could see a plume, and could not. Could see smoke in the general area. Did get a nice sunset shot, though, in which you can see some smoke, but it is hard to discern.

Sunset on Pozo, Day 1

6:30 pm – UPDATE: current reports are that this fire is up to 2500 acres and large order for resources being placed and filled. 0 % containment. Campgrounds evacuated are Turkey Flat, LaPanza, and Pozo are all evacuated….6 tankers and 6 copters and a dozen plus engines with strike teams starting to show up.

This is the “head” or column of smoke visible from Paso Robles around 3:30 pm.

Pozo Fire by Ray Martorano

This was sent to me by my friend, Ray, and is used with his permission.

5:00 pm UPDATE: Resource order: Major resource order shown is ROSS: Pending:12 type 1 HC, 5 type 1HC S/T, 5 Type 3 eng S/T, 10 Doz S/T, 8 Water Tenders. some misc OH.

4:30 pm – all fire suppression units have been extended until 8 pm.

4:15 pm UPDATE: CALFIRE reports: “Pozo Fire [Update] located off Pozo Rd between Pozo and Santa Margarita (San Luis Obispo County) is now 1,500 acres.”

4 pm UPDATE: Fire is 1200 acres. Oh sh*t, here we go.

3 pm UPDATE: Latest report on conditions, 350 acres, still rapid rate of spread. Heading into the LPF, no structure threat. Also, no estimate of containment.

There is a fierce fire being fought down in SD Co. near Cajon Mtn. It started about the same time, but is up to 2K plus and has really taken off. 10 hikers had to be rescued by helicopter due to being surrounded by fire.

2 pm UPDATE: (sorry, had company stop by, so I’m late with this.) Reported:”AA just ordered two additional AT’s for a total of six.

AA report on conditions: 250 acres, multiple spotting, in grass, transitioning to the brush.”

KSBY out of SLO is reporting it is up to 300 acres.

1:30 pm, scanner just indicated IC requesting an additional three type 3 engines in addition to the previous 3 additional type 3’s. Spotting still going on – listed as rapid spotting!

From WildCAD-LPF:
Pozo Wildfire Pozo Road & Parkhill Grass fire, assist to SLU. 35 Acres, Rapid Spotting. H527,H528,H530,Crw4,E31,35,47,Doz4,BC32. In addition to the above by LPF, CAL-FIRE is sending full wildland fire response as well.

At 1 pm, WLF reported: “a fire on Parkhill Rd in the Pozo area in San Luis Obispo County. Per AA, ordering an additional two AT’s and two additional helos. SLU dispatch just dispatched another dozer as well.” WildCAD, LPF is indicating 2 LPF engines dispatched to assist.

Currently, at 1:00 pm “25 to 30 acres with spotting full Cal Fire and LPF response can see header from paso.”

2 thoughts on “Pozo Fire, SLO

  1. Thanks for listing the Pozo fire, I was pleasantly surprised when your blog was included in a quick web search. First discovered your blog when you had wildfires nearby.

    I was 30 miles from home when I heard about the fire at 4:30pm. Called a few locals and hurried home wondering what I would find. I was relieved that the fire didn’t come near my place. I hope no one was burned out.

    I’m about four miles southwest of where the fire started. Las Pilitas Road is in a valley of sorts, I’m a couple of ridges to the west and can’t see anything that doesn’t rise above the ridge.

    Haven’t seen any smoke plumes after 6:45pm, hopefully that is good news. I’ve been up the ridge near me several time to ensure that I won’t be surprised tonight. It looks quiet to me.

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