6/2 Bayshore Fire Update

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UPDATE 6/8 11:27AM

Excerpt from a CBS 5 article:

"An estimated 10-20 homes in the Harold Road area of Brisbane were threatened at one point during the fire, but despite strong winds none were damaged, Delay said. There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire, which started right next to Bayshore Boulevard, remains under investigation.

Most of the land burned by the fire San Mateo County parkland, part of San Bruno Mountain State and County Park, Delay said.

The fire caused a power outage affecting an estimated 1,350 customers in parts of Brisbane and South San Francisco after it damaged an underground switch around 1:37 p.m., according to PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi. All affected customers in the area were expected to have their power restored by 7:30 p.m.

However, Guidi noted that a power line had also fallen in the area, causing a second and unrelated power outage affecting around 790 customers around 4:30 p.m. Customers affected by the second outage were expected to have their power restored by later Saturday evening."

UPDATE 6/4 9:27AM

Power was completely restored to all homes late Saturday.  The cause of the fire is under investigation by CalFire, and the City is awaiting a final incident report from PG&E.  More details will be provided when that information is known.


UPDATE 6/2 5:34PM

Fire Incident Commander reports the fire is 80% contained.  Emergency and clean-up equipment is expected to remain onsite for at least another 90 minutes, which necessitates Bayhore remain closed in the area of the fire.

PG&E advises that service is restored to all but 21 customers.


At approximately 1:30 PM reports of a fire near Bayshore at the southern city limits were received.  This was presumed to have started due to a downed power line, which may also be responsible for the failure of two transformers on San Bruno Avenue.  The fire has burned 7-10 acres and is 50% contained.  The fire is being handled as a third alarm, with forces from South San Francisco, CalFire, and NCFA actively engaged.  In addition to the 18 engines responding, CalFire aircraft also deployed to drop fire retardant.

The downed transformers and the need to isolate the electric circuit for firefighter safety has left many homes and businesses in Brisbane without power.

There is no current plan to recommend any evacuations in Brisbane. 

If you have not already done so, please sign up to receive emergency alerts through SMC Alert.  It’s a free service where you can register to receive text messages sent to you on your phone and/or e-mail.  If warranted, further updates will be provided to the Community through SMC Alert as well as the City’s website.


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I am already signed up for SMC Alert messages and in my experience, the system works well. On the day of this incident, though, a couple of the messages said "Check e-mail" -- not very helpful in the event of a power outage for those of us who do not have smart phones. I am not sure but perhaps this was due to the length of the messages submitted by the City. Maybe keeping the text of the alerts brief will mean that more of us can access them during a power outage. All in all, this was handled well and the efforts to communicate were much appreciated, even if they didn't fully succeed.