LOLETA: Fire fighters responded to a brush fire along Highway 101 near Loleta Thursday evening. A little after 5pm, Cal Fire, along with Loleta Fire and a High Rock Conservation fire crew responded to a brush fire just north of the Loleta exit.
Crews spent the better part of an hour putting out several spot fires. Officials say the blaze was started by a faulty catalytic converter from a passing vehicle. Pieces of the converter were found in the various hot spots. No injuries were reported.
Cal fire officials say this type of fire is fairly common during the summer months. But, with extreme dry conditions all over the state, more brush fires along highway areas are taking place this winter.