Barn fire in Atascadero could be seen from space

A barn caught fire east of Atascadero Friday night.
A barn caught fire east of Atascadero Friday night. Courtesy Cal Fire SLO

A barn fire east of Atascadero lit up the night sky Friday and was hot enough to be picked up by satellite imagery, according to National Weather Service in Los Angeles.

The structure fire was in the 5900 block of Rocky Canyon Road, according to a Cal Fire tweet about 9:40 p.m.

Heat from the fire displayed as black pixels on satellite imagery around 7:51 p.m. in a tweet from the National Weather Service.

The fire was contained to the 50-by-100-foot bar, according to Cal Fire officials.

It was not a threat to vegetation, Cal Fire said. Fire crews were remained there for mop-up until well past midnight.

Units from San Luis Obispo County and Atascadero fire departments responded.

This story was updated Saturday, Nov. 9.

Monica Vaughan reports on health, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo County, oil and wildlife at The Tribune. She previously covered crime and justice in the Sacramento Valley, is a graduate of the University of Oregon journalism school and is a sixth-generation Californian. Have an idea for a story? Email: