Monday, January 26, 2015

Brush fire 1100 block of Fasler Avenue this morning

Open space burns off on Fasler Avenue.
Some residents evacuated, others kept in their homes.
Firefighters and other first responders are heroes once again.

NBC Bay Area/Lisa Fernandez and Shawn Murphy, 1/26/15.  "6-alarm grass fire in Pacifica prompts evacuations."

"A growing grass fire in a Pacifica canyon early Monday morning prompted evacuations and kept several people shut away in their homes as firefighters battled the blaze.

The fire broke out about 3:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Fasler Avenue, and quickly escalated into six alarms. The scene was quite dramatic for the small beachside city in between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay.

Clyde Preston of the North County Fire Authority said as of 6:30 a.m. about 90 people had been evacuated as a precautionary measure and being helped at the Pacifica Community Center. Residents were allowed back to their homes by 8:15 a.m.

The winds and steep terrain, he said, were making the vegetation fire challenging to fight. About 60 firefighters were working to quell the flames, which were pushing toward the ocean. ... "  Read more.   Article updated at 8:36 a.m., to include video 2:45 minutes, "5 acres, 6 alarm fire."

Related - Nextdoor email, 8 a.m./Pacifica Police Department,"Road closure due to major fire"."Due to a major fire, Fassler Ave. is closed between Driftwood Cir. and Terra Nova Blvd. Use alternate routes to Highway 1."

A six-alarm grass fire was burning in Pacifica. Photo: Evan Sernoffsky / ONLINE_YES
Fire contained, going, gone.
Update article, 8:31 a.m.: San Francisco Chronicle/Evan Sernoffsky and Henry Lee, 1/26/15, "Firefighers contain 6-alarm wildfire in Pacifica." ...  “Tinder-dry conditions” at the end of a rainless January contributed to the spread of the blaze, Preston said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. ....  Early-season rains came to an abrupt halt last month, and the landscape has dried out. San Francisco is on the verge of going an entire January with no measurable rain, something that has never happened 166 years of record-keeping." 

Update article, 10:58 a.m.Pacifica Patch/Renee Schiavone, Staff, 1/26/15, "Six alarm vegetation fire prompts early morning evacuations in Pacifica." "The fire was fully contained by about 7:30 a.m. and residents were allowed to return to their homes around 8:30 a.m.", North County Fire Authority Inspector Clyde Preston said. About 40 residents went to an evacuation center that had been set up at the Pacifica Community Center at 540 Crespi Drive, he said.Fire crews will be in the area all day Monday to cut live and burned vegetation and to put out any small fires that might spark back up, Preston said."

Note photographs:  Hillside fire from the NBC Bay Area article (their helicopter chopper); contained fire one of several by Steven Sernoffsky from the San Francisco Chronicle article. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

Some idiot threw hot charcoals off his deck and started the fire hours later.

Anonymous said...

11:32 how do you know this? Or did you make it up?