June 30, 2022

Edgewood Fire burning in San Mateo County now 90% contained and remains at 20 acres, CAL FIRE says

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (KGO) — CAL FIRE says that the 20-acre Edgewood Fire burning in San Mateo County is now 90% contained, as of 8:45a.m. on Thursday.

All evacuation orders have been downgraded to warnings on the six-alarm hearth.

Residents in the Woodside and Portola Valley areas ought to anticipate to scent smoke from the fireplace over the following 72-96 hours as crews proceed to succeed in full containment, hearth officers mentioned.

Throughout a briefing Tuesday, officers mentioned the fireplace is burning in a north to northwesterly path in the direction of north Canada Street and crews are actively working to guard houses at threat of catching hearth.

Officers say a firefighter was injured whereas battling the blaze and has been taken to the hospital. Their situation is unknown at this time.

A number of companies are aiding in the fireplace response, which incorporates help from the air, the CAL FIRE spokesperson mentioned.

CAL FIRE confirmed the blaze was extraordinarily near houses.

“We hit it really hard yesterday with aircraft. We have a good line around it. We scraped the ground so the fire cant cross,” mentioned CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Bob Simmons.

Kathy Hibbs and her household determined to evacuate after 2:30 p.m. She described seeing smoke and flames as they drove off.

“We heard one report because somebody was up in one of the copters. It was basically 200 feet from where the pavement is. Which is awfully close,” mentioned Hibbs.

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Her son Leo jumped into motion serving to the household pack not figuring out if they will return to their dwelling

“We had a checklist that I was going through and we were just yelling at each other, like, what do we need to do, what am I supposed to do,” mentioned Leo Grey.

Down the block, Bruce Baker determined to remain again. He is lived in the neighborhood for 40 years and mentioned this has been their closest name.

“I cant imagine people losing their homes. Up in Paradise, Chico and Santa Rosa. It hits home now more than ever,” mentioned Baker.

Bruce described listening to what seemed like an explosion round 2:20 p.m. and then they misplaced energy.

“I heard a big boom,” mentioned Baker.

As PG&E crews could possibly be seen across the space.

Luz Pena: “Any idea of what may have caused this fire?”

CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Bob Simmons: “I have investigators out here right now. Working hard on determining the cause of the fire.”

For a lot of residents, Tuesday’s hearth was a detailed name that reminded them of the significance of at all times being ready with an evacuation plan.

Firefighters initially responded to 2 fires shortly after 2:20 p.m. in the world of Edgewood Street and Crestview Drive and the California Freeway Patrol reported that smoke was seen from Interstate Freeway 280.(*20*)

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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Workplace has moved the evacuation and reunification middle from Cañada School Theatre to Veterans Memorial Senior Middle in Redwood Metropolis.

Stanford College additionally reported impacts on account of the fireplace, with an influence outage affecting many elements of the campus resulting from a downed PG&E transmission line, college officers mentioned on Twitter.

Smoke from the fireplace could also be seen from campus however there is no such thing as a menace to the campus as of late Tuesday afternoon, Stanford officers mentioned.

Based on PG&E’s web site, 1000’s of shoppers are with out energy all through elements of San Mateo County together with areas in the evacuation zone.

San Mateo County Parks tweeted that Edgewood Park is closed as a result of hearth burning in a portion of the park.

Video and photographs despatched to ABC7 from viewers, confirmed smoke rising from the hillside the place the fireplace began which could possibly be seen from as distant as Alameda.

Fortunately, CAL FIRE says no buildings have been broken or misplaced in this hearth.

The reason for the fireplace is unknown at this time.

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Bay Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.

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