A 5-acre vegetation fire Sunday afternoon on West Pozo Road near Santa Margarita, one mile east of the Highway 58 intersection, was likely caused by vehicle exhaust or braking hard, according to Cal Fire Law Enforcement Fire Investigator Zach Nichols.
Cal Fire responded to the fire at 12:05 p.m. Three Cal Fire engines, one Los Padres fire engine, one San Luis Obispo County fire engine and two chief officers were at the scene of the blaze. The initial call for a helicopter, two tankers, an air attack, a dozer and crews was canceled, according to Cal Fire spokeswoman Michelle Aguilar.
The fire, which burned light grass, was slow moving and took five to six minutes to contain after firefighters arrived, Nichols said.
Vehicles account for starting a large number of fires. “We get roadside fires starting from vehicle exhaust and brakes every day. They can be small spot fires, to an acre and a half, to major wildfires,” Nichols said.