City releases additional details on River Fire, possible cause
Preliminary findings indicate cause is likely related to weed abatement operations
On Monday, June 22, 2020, at approximately 1:55 p.m., Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services responded to the area of South River Road and Navajo Avenue for a reported vegetation fire.
The first units arrived at the scene within approximately five minutes. The initial crew reported an acre of light grass actively burning at a rapid rate of spread.
Fanned by high winds and fueled by dry vegetation, the fire quickly spread and jumped South River Road immediately threatening over sixty homes. The fire destroyed two homes and damaged nine structures.
Suppression of the fire required assistance from multiple agencies throughout SLO County and included 19 fire engines, two hand crews, two dozers, three air tankers, one air attack, and one helicopter.
Forward progress of the fire was stopped at approximately 6 p.m. Suppression support remained on the scene until 4 p.m. on June 23.
The cause of the fire was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Fire Investigation Strike Team (SLOFIST). Preliminary findings indicate the cause of the fire is likely related to weed abatement operations being conducted along the Navajo pathway.