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UPDATE: Paso Robles River Fire 100% contained; evacuations to be lifted at 3 p.m.

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Posted at 5:28 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 17:45:01-04

UPDATE (2:34 p.m.) - The River Fire, which broke out in Paso Robles on Monday, is now 100% contained.

The fire burned 15 acres and destroyed two homes. Nine others were damaged.

Evacuation orders will be lifted Tuesday at 3 p.m.; however, city officials say some street closures may still be in effect as utility crews continue to work in the area.

Identification will be required to enter any areas where street closures remain in effect.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and officials are asking anyone with information about the source of the fire to contact the Paso Robls Police Department at (805) 237-6464.

The fire started in the Salinas Riverbed at around 2 p.m. Monday in the area of S. River Rd. and Navajo Ave.
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UPDATE (12:45 p.m.) - Evacuation orders issued due to the River Fire are expected to be lifted by 5 p.m.

Eight fire investigators were working in the riverbed Tuesday afternoon to determine the cause of the fire.
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UPDATE (11:30 a.m.) - Fire officials say the River Fire is now 85% contained.

The cause of the fire has not yet been released.
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(5:28 a.m.) - Firefighters across San Luis Obispo County are working to put a brush fire that broke out in Paso Robles Monday afternoon.

The River Fire started at around 2 p.m. near the Salinas Riverbed in the area of S. River Rd. and Navajo Ave.

Fire officials say strong winds caused the fire to quickly spread where flames jumped South River Road, prompting evacuations and road closures.

As of Tuesday morning, Paso Robles Fire Chief Johnathan Stornetta said the fire is 60% contained and burned 15 acres. Two homes were destroyed and nine other structures were damaged.

Chief Stornetta says evacuation orders remain in place for the area of S. River Road, Navajo Road, Union Road and Walnut/Bolen Drive. Road closures remain in place on River Road and Creston Road.

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Fire officials say these evacuation orders and road closures are still in place due to power lines being down and gas lines being worked on by field crews.

According to PG&E over 300 people remain without power Tuesday morning. Power is expected to be restored to those customers by 8 a.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries are reported. An evacuation center is set up at the Paso Robles Senior Center located at 270 Scott St.

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