Several homes in Paso Robles were temporarily evacuated Wednesday after an approximately 60-acre brush fire broke out in the 4200 block of Buena Vista Drive near the airport.
Cal Fire reported the blaze was caused by someone mowing their lawn nearby. Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms said the combination of high temperatures, low humidity and extremely dry grass in the area made for dangerous mowing conditions.
It was one of five mower-caused fires in San Luis Obispo County over the last two weeks, he said.
Elms strongly encouraged residents to use brush-cutters rather than lawn mowers with metal blades that can strike rocks and create sparks.
Cal Fire — which first reported the blaze about 1 p.m. — warned that during the summer months, it is best to mow before 10 a.m.
Elms said up to nine fire engines were on scene Wednesday afternoon, along with an air tanker, air-attack plane and a helicopter.
Fire departments from Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, San Miguel and Camp Roberts all assisted Cal Fire in fighting the blaze.
Buena Vista Way was temporarily closed between Circle B Road and Sylvester Way. It reopened at 2:50 p.m., according the San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department.
The evacuation orders were lifted by 3 p.m., and residents in the area were cleared to return to their homes.
The fire was 100 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to Cal Fire.