UPDATE (June 19): The fire is contained as of last night after growing to 445 acres, according to CAL FIRE.

UPDATE (June 16): The fire has now spread to 400 acres and is 20 percent contained as of this morning, according to CAL FIRE SLO.

UPDATE (9:39 p.m.): Evacuation orders have been lifted in all areas except for four streets within the city limits of Pismo Beach, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. The evacuations for those streets are expected to be lifted around 10 p.m.

UPDATE (8:48 p.m.): The southbound lanes of Highway 101 through Shell Beach have reopened, according to KSBY, and firefighters said they will remain on scene overnight.

“While CAL FIRE SLO says there have been no homes damaged or destroyed, the fire burned right up to some houses in the Shell Beach area,” the station said.


UPDATE (7:05 p.m.): The evacuation order for the Pismo Heights area has been canceled, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.


UPDATE (6:37 p.m.): The fire has grown to 400 acres and is 10 percent contained, according to KSBY. About 100 homes are threatened.


UPDATE (6:12 p.m.): A new evacuation warning is in effect for the area east of Highway 101 from N. Bello Street, south to Price Canyon Road and east to Pismo Beach city limits, according to KSBY News.


AVILA BEACH, Calif. (KGET) — Firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire that is rapidly growing near Highway 101.

According to CAL FIRE SLO, the fire broke out earlier this afternoon near Avila Beach on Gragg Canyon Road at North Thompson Avenue and has grown to more than 300 acres.

Evacuations are in progress for Gragg Canyon Road, Live Oak Lane, Indian Knob Road and Monte Road, among other areas. Hwy. 101 has been closed from Shell Beach Road to Avila Beach Drive, according to CAL FIRE.

All nonessential traffic are discouraged from driving south from San Luis Obispo to the Shell Beach area due to the fire, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Additional aircraft and engines are being ordered to respond. Red Cross has been ordered to set up an evacuation center. The center will be at 1168 W. Branch St. in the Walmart parking area in Arroyo Grande.