How to protect your home from wildfires
A fire in Heritage Ranch destroyed a two-story home, displaced a family of five and burned surrounding land on Monday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.
At about 3:30 p.m., Cal Fire received reports of a “fully involved” structure that was on fire, according to Cal Fire spokesman Clint Bullard. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the second story, Bullard said.
The fire was also burning into vegetation. Forward progress of the vegetation fire was stopped at about 4:15 p.m., though the house continued to burn, according to Cal Fire.
Crews from the Atascadero, Templeton and San Miguel fire departments also helped fight the blaze. An “aggressive initial attack” by both ground and air resources kept the fire from damaging nearby homes, Cal Fire said.
By 9 p.m., the fire was under control. It had burned about 4.3 acres of land and destroyed the home, Cal Fire said. The family who lived in the home was displaced.
The Red Cross and family members who live in the area came to help the family, which includes 2 adults and 3 “school-aged children,” Bullard said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the fire began in the home.