Edgewood Fire: San Mateo County residents say brush fire got ‘awfully close’ to homes

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (KGO) – CAL FIRE says the 20-acre Edgewood Fire burning in San Mateo County is now 80% contained, as of 6:07 p.m. Wednesday.

All evacuation orders were downgraded to six-alarm fire warnings.

Residents of the Woodside and Portola Valley areas should expect to smell smoke from the blaze for the next 72 to 96 hours as crews continue to reach full containment, firefighters said.

At a Tuesday briefing, officials said the blaze was burning in a northwesterly direction toward North Canada Road and crews were actively working to protect homes at risk of catching fire.

Authorities said a firefighter was injured while battling the blaze and was taken to hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.

Several agencies are helping with the fire response, which includes air support, the CAL FIRE spokesperson said.

CAL FIRE confirmed that the fire was extremely close to homes.

“We hit him really hard yesterday with planes. We got a good line around him. We scraped the ground so the fire couldn’t get through,” CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Bob Simmons said.

Kathy Hibbs and her family decided to evacuate after 2:30 p.m. She described seeing smoke and flames as they drove away.

“We heard a report because someone was in one of the helicopters. It was basically 200 feet from where the sidewalk is. Which is awfully close,” Hibbs said.

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Her son Leo sprang into action helping the family pack their bags unsure if they would return home

“We had a checklist that I was going through and we were yelling at each other, like, what do we have to do, what am I supposed to do,” Leo Gray said.

At the bottom of the block, Bruce Baker decided to stay back. He has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years and said it was their closest call.

“I can’t imagine people losing their homes. In Paradise, Chico and Santa Rosa. It’s hitting harder than ever,” Baker said.

Bruce described hearing what sounded like an explosion around 2:20 p.m. and then they lost power.

“I heard a big boom,” Baker said.

As PG&E crews could be seen in the area.

Luz Pena: “Do you have any idea what could have caused this fire?”

CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Bob Simmons: “I have investigators here at the moment. They are working hard to determine the cause of the fire.”

For many residents, Tuesday’s fire was a close call that reminded them of the importance of always being prepared with an escape plan.

Firefighters first responded to two fires shortly after 2:20 p.m. in the Edgewood Road and Crestview Drive area and the California Highway Patrol reported smoke was visible from Interstate Highway 280.

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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office moved the Evacuation and Reunification Center from the Cañada College Theater to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center in Redwood City.

Stanford University also reported impacts from the fire, with a power outage affecting many parts of campus due to a downed PG&E transmission line, school officials said on Twitter.

Smoke from the fire may be visible from campus, but there is no threat to the campus late Tuesday afternoon, Stanford officials said.

According to the PG&E website, thousands of customers are without power in parts of San Mateo County, including evacuation zones.

San Mateo County Parks tweeted that Edgewood Park is closed due to the fire burning in part of the park.

Video and footage sent to ABC7 by viewers showed smoke billowing from the hillside where the fire started and could be seen from as far away as Alameda.

Fortunately, CAL FIRE reports that no structures were damaged or lost in this fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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