A fire that started on two acres of grass quickly grew into 40 acres, threatened homes and shut down streets in North Paso Robles today.
The fire initially started when a patch of grass caught fire on the 400 block of Buena Vista Way. Engines were dispatched a little before 1 p.m. to fight the fire. The fire — named the Vista Fire — quickly grew from two acres to 15 acres and threatened homes in the neighborhood.
Moments later, it doubled in size as the engines provided structure defense for nearby homes. Additional engines were called in to fight the fire.
By 1:50 p.m. Buena Vista Way was closed between Circle B Rd. and Airport Rd. Five homes on Buena Vista were ordered to evacuate. Forward progress of the fire was stopped at 30 acres and as of 3 p.m. Wednesday the fire was 40 percent contained.
Evacuation orders were lifted by 12:42 p.m. and residents were allowed to return home. Buena Vista way was also opened to traffic.
More accurate GPS mapping was done and results posted at 3:30 p.m. and corrected the acreage to 60 acres. Cal Fire along with Paso Robles Emergency Services, Atascadero Fire, Templeton Fire, Camp Roberts and San Miguel Fire all assisted and have the fire 80 percent contained. An aircraft helping to fight the fire has been released.
Fire investigators determined that the cause of the fire was mowing. According to Cal Fire, this is one of five mower-related fires in the past two weeks. They are encouraging the public mow before 10 a.m. and remind residents that lawn mowers are designed for lawns and not weeds. For more information, visit readyforwildfire.org.
Photo courtesy of Cal Fire SLO