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Wildland Fire Behind Miller Drilling

14 May Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments
Wildland Fire Behind Miller Drilling

According to Interim Templeton Fire Chief Rod Hewitt, the wildland fire behind Miller Drilling on Monday morning was caused by a railroad contractor doing weed abatement. There was no property damage or injuries, but approximately 2 acres were burned in the fire.

The property affected was between Miller Drilling and the railroad with Creekside Ranch homes next to the southern boundary. Cal Fire and the Atascadero Fire Department were on hand to back up Templeton Fire Department (TFD).

Due to the type of fire, the high temperature, windy conditions, and the fuel on the ground, Templeton Firefighters were on scene for 7 hours.

Composting horse manure and bedding materials spread over some of the acreage provided slow burning fuel that kept some embers smoldering under cover for hours. That combined with both the high temperatures and windy conditions made it necessary to stay on scene for a prolonged period.

To make absolutely certain the fire didn’t restart, TFD monitored conditions until 7:30 pm that evening.

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