Crews respond to string of fires in SLO County

CHP believes a car was dragging a chain

ATASCADERO, Calif. - At least three fires sparked along U.S. Highway 101 in Northern San Luis Obispo County Tuesday afternoon. CHP believes they were sparked by a car dragging a chain driving north on the highway.

The first fire started at the Del Rio exit in Atascadero. The second fire is around Spring Street in Paso Robles. It is being called the Spring Fire. That blaze has closed the northbound on-ramp at Spring Street.

A third fire started at Las Tables Road in Templeton. People driving north on Highway 101 may experience slow downs.

The fires are under control. Approximately 12 acres were burned according to Cal Fire San Luis Obispo. Crews will be on scene for the next several hours working to put out hot spots.

No further details were immediately known.

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