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Cause determined in destructive Paso Robles riverbed fire

Posted at 3:42 PM, Jun 26, 2020

Preliminary findings have determined the cause of the Paso Robles riverbed fire to be related to weed abatement operations being conducted along the Navajo Pathway.

This comes after an investigation by the San Luis Obispo County Fire Investigation Strike Team.

The River Fire broke out in the Paso Robles riverbed in the area of South River Road and Navajo Avenue around 1:55 p.m. Monday, June 22.

The fire was initially reported as a single acre vegetation fire burning at a rapid rate of spread.

High winds and dry vegetation caused the fire to jump South River Road and threaten more than 60 homes. The fire destroyed two homes and badly damaged nine structures.

Forward progress of the fire was stopped at about 6 p.m. Monday.