Fire burns 2 acres in Salinas riverbed

Photo courtesy of CAL FIRE/SLO County Air Attack

PASO ROBLES — A fire burned 2 acres Monday night, July 22, in the Salinas riverbed near the Paso Robles Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services.

At approximately 6 p.m. on July 22, PRFES was dispatched to the area of 3200 Sulphur Springs Road for a vegetation fire.

The arriving units found the fire burning at a moderate rate of spread in dense vegetation in the Salinas riverbed with difficult access.

Two fire engines, one squad, two battalion chiefs and the Fire Chief from Paso Robles responded. Under the City’s automatic and mutual aid agreements, three fire engines, two hand crews, a water tender, one prevention officer, and two chief officers from Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County, one engine from Camp Roberts Fire, one engine from Templeton Fire and one engine from Atascadero Fire immediately responded. A total of 62 firefighters contained the fire. Additional assistance was provided by Cal Fire Air Attack, Paso Robles Public Works and the Paso Robles Police Department.

The fire was contained by 7 p.m. Crews remained on scene until 10 p.m. to complete mop up. Total acreage burned was approximately 2 acres. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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