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Power lines spark spot fire in Arroyo Grande

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Posted at 6:22 PM, Oct 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-11 22:34:39-04

Downed power lines sparked a spot fire that left over 3,500 PG&E customers without power in the Five Cities area Monday evening.

Multiple power line sparked a 10 ft. by 10 ft. spot fire at the intersection of Ash and S. Elm Sts. in Arroyo Grande, officials say. It happened near the Elm Street Park at about 4:35 p.m., observer Steve Jerrick told KSBY.

Five Cities Fire sent multiple resources to put out the vegetation fire.

When the lines went down, PG&E cut off power to the surrounding area. More than 3,500 PG&E customers were initially left without power, which allowed fire crews to safely fight the fire.

By about 6 p.m., power had been restored to much of the area.

PG&E sent a representative out to assess the situation.

Earlier on Monday, a brush fire was sparked when a tree fell into a power line near San Simeon. Over 1,200 PG&E customers were left without power.

*The story has been updated to reflect that Five Cities Fire Authority put out the fire.