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Chimney fire burns over 46,000 acres, at 80-percent containment

Chimney fire burns over 46,000 acres, at 80-percent containment

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A fire tanker drops retardant on the Chimney fire near Nacimiento Lake in northern San Luis Obispo County. 

Fire crews continue to make progress constructing and maintaining containment lines along the Chimney fire in northern San Luis Obispo County, which has burned 46,344 acres and is at 80-percent containment, officials said Tuesday.

All evacuation orders and road closures, issued for the Bryson Hesperia area of Monterey County and all areas south and west of Lake San Antonio, were lifted as of Monday night.

Firefighters will continue to construct containment lines, diminish hot spots and conduct patrols, officials said. Fire crews will continue working in the steep terrain, particularly on the northwest perimeter of the fire line, with very dry brush, chaparral and dead timber. 

Members of the public are urged to drive slowly and use caution, as emergency crews and equipment still are working in the fire area. 

Crews estimate full containment will be reached Saturday.

Thirty-five structures remain under threat, with 70 structures destroyed and eight damaged. There are 3,032 personnel on scene battling the blaze. 

The Chimney fire began Aug. 13 at Chimney Rock and Running Deer roads, south of Lake Nacimiento. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials have determined that the blaze was not intentionally set.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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