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Firefighters Get 20% Containment Of Brush Fire On Central Coast; Highway 101 Reopened

(Cal Fire photo)
Firefighters were able to stop the Avila Fire from reaching threatened homes in the Five Cities area Monday

Firefighters now have 20% containment of a brush fire which at one point threatened homes, and closed Highway 101 on the Central Coast.

The 400 acre Avila Fire started just before 4 p.m. Monday, burning southeast from the Avila Beach area towards Shell and Pismo Beaches.  It jumped Highway 101, forcing its closure.

An army of firefighters aided by air tankers were able to stop the spread of the blaze before it could reach homes.  Highway 101 reopened late Monday night, although not all lanes and offramps were back in operation until midday Tuesday.

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.