The string of fires that ignited along Highway 101 in the North County on Tuesday evening were likely caused by a hot exhuast from a northbound vehicle, according to Cal Fire.
Cal Fire and local agencies received reports of flames along the freeway about 3:15 p.m. Crews determined there were five fires burning along the roadway, from San Anselmo Road in Atascadero to Exline Road north of Paso Robles.
The biggest fire burned about 12 acres near the South Spring Street off-ramp in Paso Robles, according to Chris Elms, a Cal Fire spokesman. That blaze was contained by about 7:34 p.m., according to a Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services news release.
The fires, which were all reported within 15 minutes of each other, were likely caused by a single vehicle traveling northbound through the area, Elms said. The blazes were probably started unintentionally, as the driver likely wasn’t aware the vehicle was emitting hot exhaust particles, he said.
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