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Vegetation management credited for slowing spread of fire in Paso Robles riverbed

Posted at 7:52 AM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 11:09:44-04

Fire officials say vegetation management helped firefighters contain a fire that broke out Wednesday in the Salinas Riverbed in Paso Robles.

The call came in at around 2 p.m. for the fire burning on the south side of the Niblick Bridge.

Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services says the fire was burning in a large, downed and dead tree and despite windy conditions, was only slowly spreading to other vegetation.

“Due to the vegetation management treatments, the first arriving fire engine was able to contain the fire to the dead tree and cancel additional responding fire units. The area of the fire had recently been grazed by goats and sheep, which reduced the lighter vegetation that causes fire to spread rapidly, making it difficult to control,” fire officials said in a press release.

No word on the cause.