North County heats up, rate of fires increase in region

The remains from a fire in the San Miguel Area on June 7. (Photo by Cal Fire San Luis Obispo)

Cal Fire SLO asks everyone to mow before 10 a.m.

NORTH COUNTY — Firefighters responded to multiple fires throughout San Luis Obispo County over the last few days. Many of these seemed to have been attributed to mowing or using equipment that could cause fires. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo recommended on their twitter page on June 8 that everyone use “caution” when mowing and to complete mowing by 10 a.m. or sooner to avoid accidental ignition.

Various fire departments and partners such as Cal Fire SLO, BLM, USFS, local fire departments and other agencies responded throughout the North County, including to the Lake Nacimiento area, Santa Margarita Area and the areas around Paso Robles.

On May 29, Cal Fire San Luis Obispo Engine 42 responded to a wildland fire on Belmont Trail in California Valley. The fire started over an acre in size and additional ground and air resources are en route to assist at 5:31 p.m. In little over an hour, the Belmont Fire grew to 150 acres. By 6:58 p.m. the Belmont fire was approximately 200 acres with 20% containment. Engines, dozers, and aircraft worked together to mitigate a threat to a structure.

Conditions become windy and by 9:56 p.m. the forward spread of the fire had been stopped. Crews worked through the night and the fire grew to 900 acres and was fully contained on May 30 at 5:26 p.m.

Another fire occurred on May 30 in the Creston area. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo began battling a vegetation fire at 6:30 p.m. on Spiral Drive. Strong work by fire crews from Shandon Station E3461 and Creston Station E50 stopped the spread of the fire within minutes.

Cal Fire San Luis Obispo units also responded to a reported vegetation fire in the area of Union Road and Penman Springs, east of Paso Robles on the morning of June 3. It was a quarter of an acre in the grass. The fire was contained and the cause is being investigated.

On the morning of June 5, another fire started at California Valley in eastern San Luis Obispo County on Boulder Creek Road near the Belmont Trail off Highway 58.

Aircraft, engines, and a dozer were sent to the vegetation fire. What first started as an approximate 5 acres of grass fire eventually spread to 400 acres. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita Fire and Atascadero Fire all responded to the fire.

The fire did threaten one structure and a solar array in the area, but crews mitigated the threat and contained the fire.

By the evening some engines were released back to stations. Crews remained on site throughout the evening to monitor and extinguish any hot spots. By 4:15 p.m. approx. 750 acres were burned with containment at 60%.

Finally by 10 p.m. Cal Fire reported that the Boulder fire was 100% contained at 1,127 acres. An engine remained late that night along crews to ensure hot spots were extinguished.

There was a wildland fire in the area of Templeton Road and Eureka Lane on the afternoon of June 6. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo responded along with Templeton Fire to the 2-3 acre grass fire. Power lines were also reported down by Cal Fire SLO. Within an hour of arrival, the fire was held to just under 10 acres by 1:52 p.m.

Cal Fire SLO, aircraft and San Miguel Fire responded to a vegetation fire in the San Miguel area on June 7. The first units on the scene at approximately 11:35 a.m. found a fire that was approximately 1 to 2 acres and spreading at a moderate rate. Fire crews stopped the fire at 11 acres.

A fire on Saturday, June 8 occurred in Paso Robles. The Hollow Fire was reported at around 11:28 a.m. Cal Fire SLO, and Paso Robles Fire Department responded to a vegetation fire that initially was a quarter of an acre. By 11:48 a.m. the Hollow Fire’s forward spread was stopped at half of an acre.

A second fire on Saturday, June 8, occurred in the Lake Nacimiento area and was reported at 2 acres. Cal Fire SLO was on the scene of the vegetation fire by 4:58 p.m. At 5:41 p.m. Cal Fire SLO reported that the forward spread had stopped and crews would be mopping up any hot spots for a few hours.

A grain field at Beacon Road and Jardine Road near the Paso Robles Airport caught fire on June 9 at approximately 11:09 a.m.  The first units arrived at the scene within approximately five minutes. The initial crew reported the fire was 2 acres in a grain field and wind driven.

Two fire engines, one squad and one battalion chief from Paso Robles responded. Two fire engines and one battalion chief from Cal Fire SLO and one engine from Templeton Fire immediately responded. Additional assistance was provided by the Paso Robles Police Department. The fire was contained at approximately 11:40 p.m. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

On Monday, June 10, Cal Fire SLO units responded to six separate vegetation fires on Bitterwater road south of Shandon. The fires’ combined acreage was reported at 20 acres at around 12:21 p.m. By 3:26 p.m. Cal Fire reported that all of the fires south of Shandon were 100% contained at 120 total acres.
With the weather warming up and vegetation drying up, visit www.readyforwildfire.org/One-Less-Spark-Campaign/ to prevent fires in the North County.

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