Cal Fire: Arson not suspected in rash of SLO County fires

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — According to a statement released by Cal Fire Public Information Officer Chris Elms, none of the fires that hit San Luis Obispo County during the past two weeks are suspected to have been the result of arson. 

"It has been brought to our attention that rumors are surfacing that these fires are suspected as arson fires," Elms said in the statement. "While we acknowledge the fact that the fires have been frequent and unnerving, none of the fires in San Luis Obispo County have evidence to support arson as a cause."

Elms added that some of the most recent fires are still under investigation and full reports have not yet been filed.

According to information provided by Cal Fire, the Hill Fire, which began June 30 and burned 1,598 acres and destroyed four homes was started when a vehicle fire spread into nearby vegetation.

The Tower Fire on Cuesta Grade, which began July 7 and burned 68 acres, was likewise caused by a vehicle fire spreading into vegetation. 

The Stone Fire, which began July 9 and burned 340 acres and destroyed one home and six outbuildings, was caused by mechanical equipment clearing brush. 

The Spring Fire, which began July 11 and burned 15 acres in five different spots along Highway 101, was caused by hot vehicle exhaust particulate from a passing vehicle. 

Cal Fire asks the public to be sure that their vehicles are fire safe by checking for mechanical deficiencies, not dragging chains and making sure tires are properly inflated. 


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