H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Nov 9, 2013 8:18 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

UPDATE: Toro Creek Fire fully contained at 51 acres

CAL FIRE says the Toro Creek Fire has been fully contained at 51 acres. Firefighters originally estimated 75 acres had burned, but they used GPS mapping to determine 51 acres were burned. No one was injured during the fire, and no homes were damaged or destroyed. Two years ago, CAL FIRE's Vegetation Management Program worked with landowners in the same area to reduce the amount of brush. Firefighters say that helped them contain this fire. At the peak of the fire, 219 firefighters were out battling the blaze. Fire investigators say the fire was caused by an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV. "There was a private company out doing surveying, and they were using an all-terrain vehicle. That all-terrain vehicle had an accumulation of grass from driving through the wildland, and the grass built up inside the engine compartment and caught fire due to the heat of the engine. Then it started a fire," said Battallion Chief Phil Eeneris, who works for County Fire and CAL FIRE. Firefighters will be out in the area for the next couple of days to make sure hot spots don't flare up.

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