WeatherFire Watch


Fire near Lopez Lake burns 50 acres, 70% contained

Posted at 7:30 AM, Oct 20, 2018

SATURDAY UPDATE – (7:30 a.m.) – CAL FIRE SLO says  crews made good progress overnight on the Camino Fire near Lopez Lake. By 7:15 a.m., the 50-acre fire was said to be 70 percent contained.

Crews will work Saturday in steep terrain to continue mopping up the fire, which is expected to be fully contained by Sunday, according to CAL FIRE.

A vehicle crash was determined to have sparked the Friday afternoon blaze.

UPDATE (7:00 p.m.) – CAL FIRE says the Camino fire is now 50 percent contained.

It is still estimated to have burned 50 acres.

Firefighters will stay on scene throughout the night.

UPDATE (5:40 p.m.) – The Camino Fire is reportedly now 30 percent contained.

UPDATE (4:50 p.m.) – CAL FIRE says the cause of the Camino Fire near Lopez Lake has been determined to be a vehicle crash.

The vehicle reportedly went off a dirt road on the hillside and rolled approximately 150 feet down an embankment.

Fire officials say the driver had only minor injuries.

UPDATE (4:30 p.m.) – CAL FIRE says forward progress of the Camino Fire has been stopped at approximately 50 acres, but there is still a lot of open fire line.

The fire broke out Friday afternoon near Lopez Lake.

Firefighters are expected to remain on scene throughout the night, continuing to work on containment.

Hillsides charred by the Camino Fire. (Photo courtesy CAL FIRE SLO)

UPDATE (3:55 p.m.) – CAL FIRE officials on scene of the Camino Fire say the blaze has grown to an estimated 45-50 acres.

The cause of the fire, which broke out Friday afternoon near Lopez Lake, is under investigation.

There have been no evacuations as a result of the fire.

UPDATE (3:05 p.m.) – CAL FIRE reports the fire burning northeast of Arroyo Grande, now called the Camino Fire, has burned approximately 25 acres.

Fire officials say they are hoping roads in the area will help prevent the fire from spreading.

The only structure in the area is said to be a radio repeater site, which firefighters are reportedly defending.

(2:50 p.m.) – Firefighters are responding to a brush fire in the hills northeast of Arroyo Grande.

Smoke could also be seen from San Luis Obispo.

Smoke as seen from San Luis Obispo. (KSBY photo)


The fire was first reported at about 2:10 p.m. off of Camino Purisima, which is between the Lopez Reservoir and Biddle Regional Park.

CAL FIRE SLO said as of 2:55 p.m., the fire had burned an estimated 8-10 acres. No structures were reportedly threatened.