Fire on Sign Hill in South San Francisco threatens homes, triggers evacuations

A four-alarm wildfire that broke out in the San Bruno Mountains of South San Francisco on Friday afternoon, triggering evacuations, was contained after 2 p.m.

“Fire crews continue to work of full extinguishment,” the South San Francisco Fire Department shared on Twitter. “Evacuation orders are still happening, please continue to stay out of the area.”

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Carnelian Road, Sonja Road, Mountain Road, Ridgeview Court and Viewmont Terrace. A temporary evacuation center is set up at the MSB Social Hall at 33 Arroyo Dr.

Flames burned across a landscape of parched grass near the giant white cement letters spelling out “South San Francisco Industrial City” on Sign Hill. The blaze broke out around noon and emitted a massive plume of smoke. Easterly winds blew the smoke toward the coast and air quality levels in Pacifica quickly deteriorated.

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