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UPDATE: Paso Robles River Fire destroys 2 homes, damages others; some evacuation orders remain in place

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Posted at 2:24 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 22:22:33-04

UPDATE (7:13 p.m.): The City of Paso Robles says the River Fire Monday destroyed two homes and badly damaged four others.

A total of seven acres burned and as of 7:10 p.m., the fire was 10 percent contained with forward progress of the blaze stopped.

Road closures in the area are expected to last into Tuesday morning.

Power to more than 2,300 PG&E customers is expected to be restored by 3:15 a.m.

The below map shows the revised evacuation area, estimated to affect 98 homes.

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UPDATE (6:02 p.m.) - Paso Robles police say River Road remains closed from Creston to Navajo.

Other road closures include Creston Road from River to the west entrance to Ferro Lane.

Capitol Hill and Elm Court are also closed to traffic.

Police say the road closures will likely remain in place throughout the night.

Crews continue to put out hot spots.

Several power lines are down in the area and some power poles did burn.

Two separate power outages are impacting more than 2,400 PG&E customers in the area, according to PG&E.

UPDATE (5:24 p.m.) - The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce says River Road is Closed from Navajo to 13th Street and Union Road to Kleck Road.


UPDATE (5:10 p.m.) - The Paso Robles fire chief says multiple structures have been damaged by the fire Monday afternoon that began moving rapidly through light grass after breaking out shortly before 2 p.m. in the Salinas Riverbed.

Multiple structures remain threatened and mandatory evacuations remain in place.

The fire chief says 120 firefighters from throughout San Luis Obispo County remain on scene. Aircraft have been released from the fire, which is 10 percent contained.

Once additional containment is reached, the fire chief some evacuations will start being lifted.

The City of Paso Robles says evacuation orders remain in place for the area of S. River Road, Navajo Road, Union Road and Walnut/Bolen Drive.


UPDATE (4:45 p.m.) - A home has reportedly burned in the area of Almond and Capitol Hill Road. This is at least the second structure to burn in the fire.


UPDATE (4:39 p.m.) - Evacuees needing a place to take their animals can contact Paso Robles Veterinary Medical Clinic, 725 Walnut Dr. in Paso Robles.

The facility is open until 5:30 p.m. and says they can take animals of all sizes and are already about 50 percent full.

If they fill up, staff say they will help find other boarding facilities for those in needed.

People can stop but calling ahead of time is preferred.

Paso Robles Veterinary Medical Clinic can be reached at (805) 238-5882.

Vineyard Kennel at 330 Ambush Trail in Paso Robles is also taking in animals.

Employees say people can come to the facility and text the number left on the door and someone will come out to assist them.


UPDATE (4:26 p.m.) - PG&E is reporting more than 2,300 PG&E customers in the Paso Robles area are currently without power.

UPDATE (4:22 p.m.) -The City of Paso Robles says about 559 people are in the evacuation area.

About 125 personnel are currently assigned to the fire.

UPDATE (3:45 p.m.) - The City of Paso Robles says flames have jumped South River Road.

Evacuations are being ordered for the area by S. River Road, Navajo Road, Union Road, and Walnut/Bolen Drive, officials say.

Along with an evacuation center being set up at the Paso Robles Veteran’s Hall, 240 Scott St., the City says evacuees can also go to the Senior Center, 270 Scott St.


UPDATE (3:30 p.m.) - Flames could be seen engulfing at least one structure on Creston Road near Elm Court Monday afternoon.

KSBY Chief Meteorologist Dave Hovde says breezy conditions will impact firefighting efforts throughout the afternoon.

Highway 101 remains open.

UPDATE (3:11 p.m.) - Evacuees can go to the Paso Robles Vets Hall, 240 Scott St. in Paso Robles.

Evacuations are taking place near River Road, Navajo, Creston, Shannon Hill, Elm, Walnut, and the Capital Hill area, according to police.


UPDATE (3:05 p.m.) - The northbound Paso Robles Street offramp from Highway 101 is closed. Multiple resources are on scene at the fire.

SLO County Office of Emergency Services says the fire is burning from the Salinas Riverbed to the bluffs above South River Road.

People are asked to avoid the area.

ORIGINAL STORY: A fire that broke out in the Salinas Riverbed in Paso Robles on Monday has prompted the evacuation of some nearby neighborhoods.

People living in the Navajo, Cheyenne, Shoshone, and Capital Hill neighborhoods are being told to evacuate.

The fire broke out at about 1:55 p.m. in the area of S. River Rd. and Navajo Ave.

Emergency officials say flames have jumped South River Road, prompting evacuations and road closures.

This is a developing story and will be updated.