Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Fire Quickly Contained Near TV Studio

San Luis Obispo City Fire Department and Cal Fire personnel responded to a reported vegetation fire in the area of Calle Joaquin Road and southbound Highway 101 in the City of San Luis Obispo at 4:30 pm yesterday.  The first arriving SLO City Fire Department unit found a rapidly spreading wildland fire involving a parcel of open space vegetation between the 101 freeway and Calle Joaquin Road.  Gusting winds of 10-15 mph played a role in the rapid fire spread.
The fire was quickly and aggressively attacked with multiple hose lines, and damage was limited to the vegetation. The structure (KSBY TV studio) was protected from any damage. Control was achieved within 30 minutes of the initial 9-1-1 call. The fire area was estimated to be approximately 1.5 acres in size.
The City responded a battalion chief, a patrol, and three fire engines. Cal Fire provided and 4 engines, a hand crew, a water tender, and two battalion chiefs as part of the automatic aid agreement. 
According to Fire Investigator Gene Hicks, the fire was caused by an abandoned warming or cooking fire which apparently rekindled and ignited the dry vegetation. It was determined that the area serves as a homeless encampment based upon objects (alcohol bottles, tent, trash) discovered at the scene. SLOPD units had been at that location earlier this week dealing with several individuals who were living there.