Fires break out near SLO High School, Cal Poly

By | October 31, 2023

UPDATE (6:09 p.m.) – SLO City Fire reports that Johnson Avenue has reopened. Additional resources are always responding to the scene.

UPDATE (5:38 p.m.) The fire near Cal Poly has been stopped, according to CAL FIRE.

Firefighters say the fire was reported in Stenner Creek and burned a half-acre.

The Lizzie Fire near San Luis Obispo High School has burned 100 acres and was 10 percent contained as of 5:36 p.m., according to CAL FIRE.

Firefighters say no structures were damaged, but some are still at risk.

Johnson Avenue between Laurel Lane and San Luis Drive is closed.

The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department said anyone leaving the area of ​​the evacuation order will not be allowed to return until the order is lifted.

A temporary evacuation site was reportedly set up at the Madonna Plaza shopping center.

UPDATE (4:56 p.m.) – Two small fires are reportedly burning in agricultural areas on the edge of the Cal Poly campus – one near Highway 1 and Stenner Creek Rd. and the second between the Cal Poly lemon orchard university and the Mustang Village apartments.

According to Cal Poly officials, the fires are not an immediate safety issue for the campus community; however, Highland Drive is closed from Santa Rosa St. to California Blvd.

UPDATE (4:21 p.m.) – A second fire has been reported near Cal Poly.

The fire was reported around 4 p.m. in the area of ​​Highland Dr. and Orchard Rd.

UPDATE (3:25 p.m.) – Firefighters say evacuation orders have been sent to people south of Lizzie Street, east of Fixlini Street and north of Bishop Street.

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Eric Paton

A fire burns behind San Luis Obispo High School on Monday, October 30, 2023. (Courtesy of Eric Paton)


(3:19 p.m.) – Evacuations are being initiated due to a vegetation fire that broke out Monday afternoon in San Luis Obispo.

The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department said additional ground and air resources were ordered to help fight the fire, which broke out around 2:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of San Luis Drive, above San Luis Obispo High School.

Firefighters say the fire is burning in a south-southeast direction.

Emergency personnel are going door to door asking people in the area to evacuate and firefighters are examining evacuation areas and plan to release more information about them soon.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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