REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (KRON) — Fire crews have been working since Tuesday afternoon to contain a large brush fire that broke out around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near the southern border of Edgeview Park near Canada Road. The blaze, dubbed the “Edgewood Fire,” grew to as big as 25 acres but is currently at 20 acres and 20 percent contained.
Evacuations were ordered in parts of San Mateo County on Tuesday afternoon and were downgraded to warnings around 8:16 p.m. Tuesday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but residents reported hearing loud explosions right before the blaze erupted.
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The evacuation order was for an “immediate threat to life.” A reunification center was created at 1455 Madison Street in Redwood City. Large animals should be taken to Cañada College at 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard.
In the map below, zones SMC-E036, WSD-E099-A, RWS-E003-B and RWC-E002 had mandatory evacuations, but have since been downgraded to evacuation warnings.
- North of Southview Way and Fox Hollow Lane
- South of Hillcrest Way
- East of West California Way and Hillcrest Way
- West of Emerald Estates Court and Jefferson Avenue.
- North of Hillcrest Way
- South of Mountain View Way
- East of Sylvan Way and Glenloch Way
- West of Lakeview Way
- North of Junipero Serra Freeway, Cañada Road and West Maple Way
- South of Edgewood Road and Old Stage Coach Road
- East of Junipero Serra Freeway
- West of Sylvan Way and Hillcrest Way
- North of Junipero Serra Freeway
- South of Rocky Way and Eastview Way
- East of Rocky Way and West Maple Way
- West of Jefferson Avenue and Summit Way
Fire units originally responded to two fires, named the Colton Fire and the Edgewood Fire. Cal Fire said that the Colton Fire has been contained while the Edgewood Fire is still burning.
Cal Fire said one firefighter was injured fighting the fire and was taken to Stanford Hospital. Cal Fire has not received any reports of citizens being injured.
The fire has caused a power outage in the San Mateo County area. As of 5:00 p.m., 11,715 PG&E customers were without power. Stanford University also reported a power outage affecting many parts of its campus and said smoke is visible.
“We are actively looking to connect impacted customers to other sections of our electric system to restore power as quickly as possible,” PG&E said.
Edgewood Park was closed to the public due to the fire. Cal Fire asked people to avoid the area and watch for emergency vehicles on the road.
Bay City News contributed to this report.