90 residents evacuated in massive SF Bay Area fire

PACIFICA, Calif. – According to authorities, the fire began at about 3:30 a.m. this morning in the canyon between Rockaway Beach and Fassler Avenues. 80-90 homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Firefighters have contained a six-alarm vegetation fire in Pacifica this morning.

What began as a five-acre blaze grew to about six alarms by 6 a.m.

Evacuated residents were directed to take shelter at the Pacifica Community Center.

Firefighters were able to fully contain the fire by about 7:30 a.m. and allowed residents to return to their home by around 8:30 a.m.

Firefighters remained on scene to trim vegetation and to monitor any potential blazes.

“It was driven down canyon,” said Battalion Chief Tony Maffei of the North County Fire Authority. “We had some homes threatened at times. The wind really hampered our efforts at first. Crews did a real good job of an aggressive fire attack. [They] got a hold of it – protected all the structures. Currently at this point the fire is contained, approximately 10-13 acres in nature.”

According to the 2010 Census, Filipinos make up the largest Asian community living in Pacifica.

There are approximately 3,931 Filipino residents which accounts for 10.6 percent of Pacifica’s total population.

As of this broadcast the cause of the blaze is uncertain and there have been no reports of injuries.

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @rommelconclara for more information.

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