Nipomo Mesa brush fire snuffed out with quick response

Zenon Fire 70% contained

Rapid response snuffs out Nipomo Mesa...

NIPOMO, Calif. - July 21 2017

[8:00 a.m. PDT] - Fire 70% contained, acreage burned stands at 50.


July 20, 2017

A rapid firefighting response helped contain a fast-moving vegetation fire that threatened several homes on the Nipomo Mesa Thursday afternoon.

The canyon where the Zenon Fire burned links rural Arroyo Grande to the Nipomo area and is filled with thick, dry brush and trees.

"We did have some homes threatened off of Calle Laguna, that's in the Black Lake Estates area here on the NIpomo Mesa", said CalFire spokesperson Chris Elms.

The flames spread quickly in the dry vegetation helped by strong afternoon winds.

Aircraft dropping retardant and helicopters dropping water helped dozens of firefighters from multiple local agencies on the ground.

The fire was held to about 25 acres with no structures damaged or lost.

There was an evacuation order issued for the homes closest to the fire but it was lifted when it became clear the firefighters had stopped the forward progression of the fire.

"I'm not as nervous as I was before they got all these firefighters here", said homeowner Lowell Davis who was told he may have to evacuate, "now I've got a lot of firefighters between me and my house so I think I'm okay."

Hand crews were expected to remain on the scene into Thursday night and possible Friday morning mopping up hot spots and completing a containment line.


Firefighters are getting a handle on a wildfire that broke out in the Nipomo mesa Thursday afternoon. Cal Fire San Luis Obispo, along with Mutual Aid, sent crews to the 800 block of Zenon Way.

The fire has burned at least 25 acres at this time, according to Cal Fire SLO. The fire is 25% contained as of 4:30 p.m.

Multiple structures were threatened during the initial start of the fire.

Evacuations were ordered for Black Lake Estates but those evacuation orders have been lifted since. Residents can remain at home according to Cal Fire SLO.

A heavy plume of smoke was visible for miles.

No further details were immediately available. Check back for continued updates on this developing story.


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