The City of Atascadero released a press release regarding the local fire:
Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services responded to a reported vegetation fire on Highway 41 near Los Altos. Firefighters were able to quickly gain control of the fire and kept it under ¼ acre.
While still combatting the fire on 41, another fire started at Highway 101 and San Anselmo. Off duty staff and additional firefighters from the North County were dispatched to the new incident. The Hwy 101 fire burned on both sides of the highway causing severe impacts to traffic for multiple hours.
A total of 36 firefighters, 10 engines, 1 water tender and 4 command officers were used on the incident. The fire was stopped at 2 acres. Crews remained on scene for over 5 hours to full extinguish the fire.
Fire and Law resources from Atascadero Police, San Luis County Sheriff, CHP, Cal Fire, Atascadero State Hospital Fire, Paso Robles Fire, Templeton Fire, San Miguel Fire, PG&E, and Atascadero Fire all assisted to mitigate this quickly evolving incident. No injuries were sustained to the public or responders.
The cause of the fire was roadway related from vehicles passing by on Highway 101. Further investigation is currently underway.