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REDWOOD CITY — A grass fire that sparked Tuesday afternoon west of Redwood City and prompted evacuation orders for nearby neighborhoods was nearly contained Wednesday evening, authorities said.

The seven-alarm Edgewood Fire, which was first reported Tuesday at 2:22 p.m. at Edgewood Road and Crestview Drive on the northeastern perimeter of the Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve, covered 20 acres and was 80% contained as of 5:38 p.m. Wednesday, according to Cal Fire.

  • An air tanker drops flame retardant in the Emerald Hills near PG&E’s Edgewood substation along Canada Road in Redwood City, Calif., on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. A pair of multi-alarm fires broke out in grassy areas west of Redwood City and prompted evacuation orders. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

  • REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA- JUNE 21: Firefighters dig a line as they battle a wildfire in the Emerald Hills near PG&E’s Edgewood substation in Redwood City, Calif., on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. A pair of multi-alarm fires broke out in grassy areas west of Redwood City and prompted evacuation orders. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

  • A helicopter drops water on a wildfire in the Emerald Hills near PG&E’s Edgewood substation in Redwood City, Calif., on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. A pair of multi-alarm fires broke out in grassy areas west of Redwood City and prompted evacuation orders. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

  • REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA- JUNE 21: Woodside firefighters watch as aircraft drop water on a wildfire in the Emerald Hills near PG&E’s Edgewood substation in Redwood City, Calif., on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. A pair of multi-alarm fires broke out in grassy areas west of Redwood City and prompted evacuation orders. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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“The smoke has greatly diminished but there’s still some hot spots,” CalFire spokesperson Cecile Juliette said Wednesday. “That’s what they’re going to focus on today — to get rid of the hot spots and strengthen the control lines.”

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A total of four firefighters suffered minor injuries, according to Cal Fire Deputy Chief Jonathan Cox. All four people had been treated and released as of Wednesday morning.

The Edgewood Fire sparked in “steep and thick vegetation” and ran up the ravine towards homes in Emerald Hills, coming as close as a few hundred feet, officials said. It also threatened the PG&E substation at Canada Road and resulted in heavy smoke over Highway 280.

A second fire was reported minutes after the Edgewood Fire, about one mile south on Colton Court, which is also near the park’s perimeter.

The Colton Fire quickly reached two alarms but was contained as of Tuesday evening, Cox said. The blaze covered “several acres,” he added.

The fires prompted mandatory evacuation orders for Edgewood Park, Handley Rock Park, Emerald Hills and the town of Woodside east of Cañada Road to Emerald Hills. Shortly before 8:30 p.m., the evacuation orders were downgraded to warnings.

An evacuation center was established at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center at 1455 Madison Ave. in Redwood City. Residents were told to bring large animals to parking lot no. 6 at Cañada College.

REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA- JUNE 21: A Cal Fire helicopter drops water on a wildfire in the Emerald Hills near PG&E’s Edgewood sub station in Redwood City, Calif., on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. A pair of multi-alarm fires broke out in grassy areas west of Redwood City and prompted evacuation orders. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

About 8,900 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers suffered power outages due to the fire, according to utility spokesperson Karly Hernandez.  The outage was reported around the same time the fires ignited and affected portions of Stanford University and the College of San Mateo. Face-to-face classes at the latter institution were canceled for the day.

As 1 p.m. Wednesday, about 1,165 customers still didn’t have power because PG&E doesn’t have access in certain locations to make repairs to electric equipment damaged by the fire.

“We are actively looking to connect impacted customers to other sections of our electric system and will begin repairs as soon as the area is made safe and access is granted,” said PG&E spokesperson Mayra Tostado.

The blazes broke out as the region saw high temperatures approaching 100 degrees.

“We are battling some hot temperatures right now,” Cox said. “Luckily we don’t have wind that is really challenging us, but we do anticipate this heat to hold through the night, which will require us to stay out here until we do get some containment.”

The cause of the Colton and Edgewood fires was under investigation. Residents reported hearing explosions before the fire sparked. The wind didn’t play a role in the spread of the Edgewood fire but high temperatures and low fuel moistures did contribute to the spread.

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