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Wildfire threatens homes in South San Francisco

Wildfire threatens homes in South San Francisco
By Jay Barmann - Published on October 16, 2020.

A four-alarm vegetation fire broke out Friday just after noon on Sign Hill/San Bruno Mountain in South San Francisco, immediately threatening homes and a densely populated area. 

The fire, dubbed the Diamond Fire, broke out around 12:15 p.m. and grew almost immediately to four alarms. Pictures and video from the area show the blaze burning to the west of the famed "South San Francisco The Industrial City" sign. As of this writing it's unclear how large the fire has become.

A report on the Citizen app said that police were preparing to halt traffic at Grand Avenue and Chestnut Avenue heading toward Hillside Boulevard just after 1 p.m. As of 1:08 p.m., a house reportedly has caught fire, and crews are attempting to extinguish the flames.

Evacuation orders were issued at 1:10 p.m. for residents of Ridgeview Court, Carnelian Road, Sonja Road, Viewmont Terrace, and Mountain Road.

There were also reports of drones flying in the area which were interfering with the firefight, and South San Francisco police tweeted a message for all drones to cease flying.

We'll update you as we learn more.

Update: As of 1:25 p.m., the fire was reportedly mostly extinguished after impacting two residential properties.