Posted: May 3, 2013 5:42 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
Updated: May 3, 2013 10:41 PM
The Central Coast is definitely not immune to fire season. On Friday alone, Cal Fire in San Luis Obispo County was kept busy with nearly a dozen spot fires, from Price Canyon to the Camp Roberts area.
The Price Canyon Fire, which is near Pismo Beach, was started by a disabled vehicle.
"Burned very quickly, as you know, the dry conditions, the wind events we've been having the last few days contributed significantly to this fire," said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Lee.
Lee said the Price Canyon Fire was able to be contained within a few hours because the homeowner had cleared the land.
"We really appreciate that assistance and it allows us to get into a suppression mode, then a protection mode," he said.
Lee told KSBY on Friday that homeowners should clear at least 100 feet, or up to their property line, because during a season like this, the brush is dry and fuel to fires.
"We ask that if you do vegetation clearance around your house, that you do it before 10 o'clock in the morning," said Lee.
But, sometimes accidents can't be avoided. One fire off the 101 south near Camp Roberts was one of nearly 12 on Friday started by a passing RV. Cal Fire said the biggest fire reached 8 acres.
Lee said, "It's a very receptive fuel bed right now, especially with today's warm temperatures, very low relative humidities."
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