Update: 7 p.m.
The vegetation fire in Atascadero near Chalk Mountain Golf Course and the State Hospital is now 100 percent contained after it burned 16 acres, according to golf course professional Evan Lucado.
Crews remained on the scene Saturday evening to prevent flare-ups, Lucado said. He said the fire started around 1 p.m. near the walking trail along hole No. 17 on the north edge of the course.
“The hill up there is completely black now,” Lucado said.
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Crews arrived at 1:20 p.m. and had it mostly contained by 2:45 p.m., he said. Lucado said he counted five engines from the Atascadero Fire Department, Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County and the Santa Margarita Fire Department. One aircraft also assisted in dropping retardant, he said.
Lucado said at one point the blaze was headed toward the golf course’s maintenance yard, which contains gasoline.
“It was a close call,” he said.
The course closed for the remainder of the day but will reopen at 6 a.m. Sunday, Lucado said.
Calls to the Atascadero Fire Department were not returned Saturday evening.
Update: 3 p.m.
The vegetation fire in Atascadero near the State Hospital is now 50 percent contained, and firefighters have stopped the flames’ forward movement.
Fire crews will remain on scene for about three hours doing mop-up, according to the San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services.
Multiple agencies have responded to a vegetation fire Saturday afternoon near Chalk Mountain Golf Course and the State Hospital in Atascadero.
El Bordo Avenue between the golf course and Heilmann Regional Park has been closed to all traffic, according to dispatchers.