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Firefighters now have upper hand on brush fire which at one point threatened homes on Central Coast

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A brush fire burning east of Arroyo Grande is now at 40% containment.

Camino Fire east of Arroyo Grande now at 350 acres burned, 40% contained.

Firefighters now have the upper hand on a brush fire that’s burned 350 acres of land on the Central Coast. The Camino Fire in San Luis Obispo County is now 40% contained.

The fire started around noon Tuesday in the hills east of Arroyo Grande.

The fast moving flames threatened dozens of homes, and led to some evacuation warnings. At one point, it was thought the fire could grow to around 1500 acres.

But, an army of firefighters aided by aircraft protected the houses. At its peak, more than 250 firefighters aided by five helicopters and four air tankers battled the blaze.

No structures have been reported destroyed, or damaged. All evacuation warnings have been lifted. Cal Fire officials say it could be Sunday before the blaze is fully contained.

Investigators say a catalytic converter from a vehicle accidentally started the blaze.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.