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Fire burns riverbed under Niblick Street bridge 

A vegetation fire broke out in Paso Robles Monday afternoon in the Salinas Riverbed under the Niblick Street bridge near Highway 101.

The fire started at about 4:15 p.m. Flames were seen raging over the top of the bridge, just behind Kohl’s department store. Heavy smoke was visible in the downtown from all around Paso Robles. The Paso Robles Police Department briefly closed traffic on the bridge during the incident.

Paso Robles firefighters and other neighboring fire departments and emergency personnel were on the scene working to extinguish the blaze, which was reported to be under control in less than an hour.

The fire is estimated to be about 2.5-acres according to Paso Robles Fire Chief Jonathan Stornetta. He said the fire started just south of the bridge and winds drove it north.

Two fire engines, one squad and two battalion chiefs from Paso Robles responded. Under the city’s automatic and mutual aid agreements, four fire engines and two battalion chiefs from Cal Fire/SLO County, one engine from Camp Roberts Fire, one engine from San Miguel Fire, one engine from Templeton Fire and one engine from Atascadero Fire immediately responded. A total of 32 firefighters were required to bring the situation under control. Additional assistance was provided by Cal Fire Air Attack and the Paso Robles Police Department.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Heavy smoke is seen filling downtown Paso Robles. This photo was taken from the easternmost side of town looking westward at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

– Report by Anthony Reed

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.