H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Nov 9, 2013 4:58 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Toro Creek Road fire caused by off-highway vehicle

CAL FIRE says the fire burning off Toro Creek Road, between Atascadero and Morro Bay, should be fully contained by 6 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters also say the fire was caused by an off-highway vehicle. According to CAL FIRE, an off highway vehicle can include an ATV or a four-wheel vehicle. When they're used in off-road areas, the driver has to be careful that grass doesn't build up near the motor. Firefighters believe what happened was grass near the motor of the vehicle got too dry and caught on fire. The grass then dropped to the ground and caused brush in the area to catch fire. Firefighters say the fire is still at 75 acres and 50% containment. Once the fire is contained, they will still be patrolling the area for a couple days to make sure no hot spots flare up. About 200 firefighters are still working to put the fire out. Toro Creek Road at Summit Road, off Highway 41, remains closed to the public. People who live in the area can still get through, but there are a lot of emergency vehicles in the area. No injuries have been reported, and no homes have been damaged in the fire.

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