Vehicle suspected of starting fire on Highway 101 in Atascadero

July 15, 2023

Photo by Richard Bastian


Investigators believe a vehicle, possibly dragging a chain, sparked a fire near the San Anselmo Road overpass on Saturday afternoon.

Crews from the Atascadero Fire Department and Cal Fire battled the grass fire, which was stopped at about 2 acres. Marks are visible in the pavement near the embankment where the fire started.

Photo by Richard Bastian

Shortly after noon, a caller reported the brush, according to Cal Fire. The fire then jumped to the southbound portion of the highway.

Photo By Richard Bastian

A total of 36 firefighters, 10 engines, 1 water tender and four command officers were on scene. Crews remained on for over five hours to fully extinguish the fire.

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10 engines for 2 acres? My buddy had a small chimney fire on Adelaida Rd and they sent trucks all the way from Oceano. But let’s add another tax or bond to next election, why don’t we. Our ancestors are so disappointed in what we’ve become/voted for.

If you see a vehicle dragging a chain, either let the driver know or report them to the CHP. If you are operating your vehicle in an unsafe manner that causes a fire, you should be liable for all damages and the incident response cost to deal with that fire.

When will these hillbillies ever learn?