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Firefighters stop spread of San Luis Obispo fire that threatened homes, evacuations lifted

Crews worked quickly to extinguish fire as flames crept toward homes
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Posted at 4:51 PM, Sep 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 07:04:13-04

Firefighters from multiple agencies stopped the forward progress of a brush fire that started in San Luis Obispo on Sunday afternoon and forced evacuations of nearby residents.

It sparked near Bridge Street and started spreading toward the South Hills open space.

The fire, named the Bridge Fire, first began shortly after 4 p.m. as a 50-feet by 50-feet spot. A tweet showed fire crews originally responded to a report of a residential fire before the vegetation fire started on Bridge Street.

Flames chewed through open brush landscape as residents and onlookers captured video of the fire approaching on a number of homes.

Several fixed-wing aircraft dropped retardant and were assisted by a helicopter completing water drops.

Just a few hours after it first started, fire's activity quickly diminished, SLO City Fire reported on Twitter. Crews were able to stop forward progress around 6:15 p.m. with no structures lost.

Around 7 p.m., multiple agencies tweeted a job well done for the work firefighters put it to stop the fire from becoming much worse. Evacuations were lifted shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.