ATASCADERO, Calif. - --UPDATE--
As of 6:40 p.m, the fire had burned through 10 acres, 50% contained. The road closure on Rocky Canyon Road has been lifted. Fire officials report that residents who left their homes as a precaution have returned, or are in the process of going back.
Fire crews are battling a wildfire that broke out in a riverbed Thursday afternoon in the area of Gabarda Road and Tampico Road in Atascadero.
The fire is being called the Gabarda Fire and it reportedly scorched approximately 15 acres before fire crews stopped the fire's forward progress.
The wind in the area helped fan the flames toward nearby homes. Several homes on the side of Rocky Canyon Road were evacuated as a safety precaution to residents that were directly threatened, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office. At about 5:41 p.m., officials said in a tweet that firefighters were "making good progress on the fire" there are "no evacuations at this time."
The initial reports of the fire came in just after 4 p.m. Aircraft assisted firefighters with their battle on the ground.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. No further details were immediately known.