Firefighters on Tuesday battled a Paso Robles grass fire that ignited in an empty lot.
Crews responded at 5:37 p.m. to reports of a vegetation fire in the 1900 block of Creston Road, just north of Stoney Creek Road, according to a news release from the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services.
The flames were burning about a quarter of an acre of tall grass. Firefighters from Paso Robles, the San Luis Obispo County Fire Department and the Templeton Community Service District Fire Department contained the fire in 17 minutes. Paso Robles Public Works also helped break up large mulch piles located within the fire perimeter.
The cause of the fire has not been determined. Witnesses reported that they saw two small children in the area at the time of the fire, but they have not been identified.
Paso Robles Emergency Services encourages residents to prevent future fires by completing weed abatement as soon as possible.