Fire in Salinas riverbed near Highway 46 burns about 2 acres

A blaze that ignited in the Salinas riverbed on Monday evening burned about 2 acres.

At about 6 p.m., firefighters went to the riverbed in the area of the 3200 block of Sulphur Springs Road, off Highway 46 East near the Highway 101 ramp, on reports of a vegetation fire, according to a news release from the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services.

A total of 62 firefighters from Paso Robles, Camp Roberts, Cal Fire, Templeton Fire Department and the Atascadero Fire Department worked to contain the fire, according to the release. The fire was contained at about 7 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire comes roughly a week after the Paso Robles City Council voted to spend $300,000 to clean up the Salinas riverbed because it posed a serious fire hazard for the city.

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Kaytlyn Leslie writes about business and development for The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Hailing from Nipomo, she also covers city governments and happenings in the South County region, including Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. She joined The Tribune in 2013 after graduating from Cal Poly with her journalism degree.