Two teenagers confessed to setting fire to plant fires in the Sing Hill area of southern San Francisco, which led to the evacuation and relocation of residents for hours on Friday afternoon, police said.
South San Francisco police said a “neighborhood resident in the area” said he saw two teenage boys leaving the area shortly after the fire, which occurred shortly before noon on Friday. Police said they identified two local minors, aged 14 and 16, as part of their “further investigation” and questioned them.
The couple later admitted to Police Department detectives that they were “responsible for lighting the fire,” police said. Both teenagers were released to family members while officials continue to investigate the fire, police said.
The Police Department̵7;s investigation is expected to be handed over to South San Francisco Fire Marshal, who will “conduct a full investigation and provide his decisions later.”
All evacuation orders were lifted around a fire with vegetation that triggered three signals, fire officials said.
The fire, which started on the south side of the historic Znak Hill, was localized shortly after 2:15 p.m., fire officials said. . Evacuation orders were revoked about three hours later.
There were no reports of casualties or destroyed buildings, police said. Southern San Francisco police said the absence of injuries and damage was “due to the extraordinary efforts of all agencies involved.”
Footage captured by forest fire cameras and social media posts shows smoke and flames moving toward the 1920s Hill Sign, a historic landmark overlooking southern San Francisco. The mark was entered into the National Register of Historic Sites in 1996.
According to the South San Francisco Fire Department, mandatory evacuations were carried out on Cornelian Road, Sonia Road, Mountain Road, Ridgeview Cord and Wymont Terrance. A temporary evacuation center was set up on 33 Arroyo Drive.
The fire broke out amid a red flag warning from the National Weather Service, indicating a high risk of fire hazards from winds, high temperatures and low humidity, which lasted until at least 8 a.m. Saturday.
Cal Fire Aid Units helped the South San Francisco Fire Department respond to a fire dubbed the Diamond Fire. Cal Fire flew helicopters and an aircraft tanker for firefighting as part of its firefighting efforts, police said.
According to satellite images posted on Twitter by the office of the National Meteorological Service, in the area of the bay of the National Meteorological Service, a plume of smoke from the fire was visible from space. According to the NWS, an easterly wind pushed a column of smoke into the Pacific Ocean and from San Francisco International Airport.
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