Fire near Hwy. 1 in Oceano called suspicious

Firefighters extinguished a fire described as suspicious Thursday evening in dense brush off Highway 1 in Oceano, according to a news release from Five Cities Fire Authority.

The fire consumed an area of brush “far less than an acre” just west  of the Coastal Dunes RV Park and Campground, according to the news release.

Two engine companies from Five Cities Fire and a chief officer responded, putting out the blaze using hand tools, hoses and chainsaws. The fire was extinguished in slightly more than an hour.

Park rangers were investigating the blaze as suspicious based on the accounts of two individuals questioned at the scene.

The charred remains of a shopping cart and bicycle found deep in the brush indicated the possibility of an illegal encampment, the news release said.

The fire was also within sight of two small fires that occurred on consecutive evenings in October just off the highway.

The fire started in an area under the jurisdiction of State Parks and County Fire. Five Cities Stations 61 (Oceano) and 68 (Grover Beach) also responded.

Because some county firefighters were in Southern California, battling a large fire in Glendora, an engine from Monterey County currently covering Station 62 in Avila Beach also responded.

Firefighters soaked the ground with water and cut dry branches into small sections to reduce the possibility of any new fire in the area.