Brush fire threatened house on 41 East

An Atascadero brush fire near Highway 41 East threatened a residence and burned almost two acres Wednesday.

The fire, which started shortly after 4 p.m., was likely caused by downed power lines, said Captain Bill White.

The fire started small but grew quickly because of high winds, said White.

About 1,200 nearby residents lost power for more than four hours as Pacific Gas and Electric Co. worked to repair the fallen power line and traffic was diverted from a portion of Highway 41 for several hours.

--AnnMarie Cornejo