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60+ firefighters help put out Paso Robles riverbed fire

Posted at 8:41 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 12:35:50-04

More than five dozen firefighters worked to put out a fire in the Salinas Riverbed in Paso Robles Monday evening, fire officials say.

It was reported at about 6 p.m. along the 3200 block of Sulphur Springs Rd. near Highway 46 East.

Paso Robles Fire Battalion Chief Scott Hallett says the fire was difficult to access and was burning at a moderate rate of spread in dense vegetation.

Sixty-two firefighters from Paso Robles, Atascadero and Templeton, CAL FIRE and Camp Roberts all responded under the City’s automatic and mutual aid agreements, according to Hallett, along with Cal Fire Air Attack, Paso Robles Public Works and the Paso Robles Police Department.

Hallett says approximately two acres burned.

The cause is still under investigation.

Just last week, Paso Robles city leaders decided to declare a public safety emergency and allocate more than $300,000 to work on reducing the risk of fires in the riverbed.

City Manager Thomas Frutchey told KSBY at the time that there have been at least 63 fires in the Salinas Riverbed since the beginning of 2019.