PASO ROBLES — A vegetation fire, named the Rock Fire, broke out on Saturday, July 21 in Paso Robles at the 1400 block of Chimney Rock Road. It took four days for fire personnel to fully contain the 30-acre fire.
The fire was originally two acres on Saturday at 2:58 p.m. when Cal Fire first reported it and within the hour it had grown to 15 acres. By early evening it was 25 acres and 20 percent contained. Fire crews were making good progress but heavy vegetation and down power lines were making access difficult. By that point, multiple agencies were fighting the fire with 10 engines, four crews, two bulldozers, four air tankers and one helicopter to slow it down. Crews stayed the night to work on containment.
On the morning of July 22, the Rock Fire was at 40 percent contained. Significant work was done due to large trees and heavy vegetation and was worked on by four engines, two hand crews, and a water tender was on the scene. By 6:18 p.m. accurate GPS mapping results were released by officials and the actual acreage was 30 acres with 65 percent contained. Crews continue to build fire lanes and extinguish hot spots in heavy vegetation and steep terrain.
On the third morning, the fire was at 70 percent contained and on the fourth morning, it was 95 percent contained. Finally by 1:57 p.m. on July 24 Cal Fire officials declared that Rock Fire was 100 percent contained and crews were released.
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