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Broken trailer hitch sparked brush fire near Lake Nacimiento, Cal Fire says

Cal Fire responds to brush fire near Lake Nacimiento

Cal Fire firefighters say the brush fire near Lake Nacimiento on October 13, 2017, was caused by a broken trailer hitch on a commercial vehicle.
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Cal Fire firefighters say the brush fire near Lake Nacimiento on October 13, 2017, was caused by a broken trailer hitch on a commercial vehicle.

Update 3:55 p.m.:

Forward progress on the fire has been stopped, Cal Fire says. It is currently 30 percent contained.

A soft road closure is in place at Interlake and Bee Rock roads. Residents returning to their homes must have ID.

Update 3:30 p.m.:

The fire burning near Interlake and Bee Rock roads was caused by a broken trailer hitch dragging behind a commercial vehicle, Cal Fire spokesman Clint Bullard said.

The hitch broke off, and it and its safety chains dragged behind the vehicle, sparking the fires, he said.

Two of the three original spot fires have since been put out, while the third grew to 50 acres and is still burning.

“We’re hitting it hard, and we’re cautiously optimistic,” Bullard said.

Update 1:40 p.m.:

The fire is up to 50 acres, according to a tweet by Cal Fire.

Road closures are also planned for Interlake and Lynch Canyon roads near Bee Rock.

Update 12:40 p.m.:

Air attack reports there are three separate fires, burning approximately a half mile apart, Cal Fire says.

The largest of the fires is between 4 and 5 acres, and all three are in the grass.

Original story

Cal Fire is responding to reports of multiple spot fires burning north of Lake Nacimiento.

According to a tweet by the fire agency, responders are heading to the area of Lynch Canyon and Interlake roads north of the lake, where multiple vegetation fires have broken out.

This story will be updated as we get more information.

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