All evacuation orders were downgraded to fire warnings with six alerts.
Residents in the Woodside and Portola Valley areas should expect to smell smoke from the fire for the next 72 to 96 hours, firefighters said, as crews continue to reach full containment.
During a briefing on Tuesday, officials said the fire was burning north-northwest in the direction of northern Canada Road, and crews were actively working to protect homes at risk of fire.
According to official data, a firefighter was injured while extinguishing the fire, he was taken to the hospital. Their condition is currently unknown.
According to a CAL FIRE spokesman, several agencies are assisting in the fight against the fire, including air support.
CAL FIRE confirmed that the fire started very close to the houses.
“Yesterday we hit him very hard with planes. We have a good line around him. We scratch the ground so the fire can’t cross,” said CAL FIRE battalion chief Bob Simmons.
Kathy Hibbs and her family decided to evacuate after 2:30 pm. She described seeing smoke and flames as they drove away.
“We heard one report because someone was in one of the helicopters. It was about 200 feet from the sidewalk. It’s very close,” Hibbs said.
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Her son Leo went into action, helping the family get together, not knowing if they would return home.
“We had a checklist that I was going through and we were just yelling at each other, like what should we do, what should I do,” said Leo Gray.
A little further down the block, Bruce Baker decided to stay. He 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 the house more than ever now,” Baker said.
Bruce said that around 2:20 p.m. he heard a sound like an explosion, and then they lost power.
“I heard a big crash,” Baker said.
Because PG&E brigades could be seen in the area.
Luz Peña: “Any idea what could have started this fire?”
CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Bob Simmons: “Now I have investigators here. They are working diligently to determine the cause of the fire.”
For many residents, Tuesday’s fire was a wake-up call that reminded them of the importance of always having an evacuation plan ready.
Firefighters initially responded to two fires shortly after 2:20 p.m. near Edgewood Road and Crestview Drive, with the California Highway Patrol reporting smoke was visible from Interstate 280.
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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has moved the evacuation and reunification center from the Cañada College Theater to the Veterans Memorial Center in Redwood City.
Stanford University also reported on the aftermath of the fire, with power outages affecting many parts of the campus due to a downed PG&E power line, school officials said on Twitter.
Smoke from the fire can be seen from the campus, but there is no threat to the campus as of Tuesday evening, Stanford officials said.
According to the PG&E websitethousands of customers were left without power in all parts of San Mateo County, including areas in the evacuation zone.
San Mateo County Parks has tweeted that Edgewood Park is closed due to a fire in part of the park.
Video and images sent to ABC7 from viewers showed smoke rising from the hillside where the fire started, which could be seen 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 currently unknown.
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