Dry conditions fuel Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles fires

June 5, 2014

Firefighters successfully battled fires that quickly spread because of dry conditions in Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles on Wednesday.

Sparks from a concrete saw ignited brush behind a business in the Arroyo Grande Village at around 4 p.m. Emergency crews evacuated people in the area while firefighters battled the blaze.

The fire was extinguished within an hour. No one was injured and the building sustained only minor damage.

Two homeless people camping near the Salinas River in Paso Robles were attempting to stay warm by building a campfire Wednesday evening. Their warming fire quickly got out of control and was reported to emergency personnel at 8:54 p.m., according to Paso Robles officials.

Firefighter quickly contained the blaze to approximately three acres. Paso Robles police arrested the two people who started the fire.

Paso Robles fire


We’re living in a desert, overpopulated by stupid people.

This is a surprise ?


If the property the dry grass was on was privately owned why is the property owner not being fined and billed for the cost to fight the fire, and if it is city owned let us know.


The dangerous conditions in the wildfire areas develop because we run around putting out every fire and then not doing control burns and brush clearing when conditions allow. This has lead to a huge buildup of dry brush and grass that is tinder dry and ready to explode into a major fire. We must change our fire suppression strategy and change the environmental laws that restrict fire abatement activities..


Unfortunately, the SLO Air Pollution Control District has allowed so many Controlled Burns in our area for frivolous activities like State Parks burning non native plants, and farmers/vineyard owners getting rid of thistle, that the people are not going to be so pleased to have the controlled burns that we might need for fire control. There is nothing worse for people with respiratory problems than smoke in the air.

However, in the Salinas River bed, we have had two fires in the last week (one by the 13th st bridge, and this one across from the end of River Oaks St.

This area is populated by the lifestyle homeless, not the destitute. I don’t know if the area is privately owned or not. It’s not posted as No Trespassing. Yes, there is a lot of dry brush in the river bed.