Brush blaze burns near SF as state braces for fire weather

California

BRISBANE, Calif. (KSWB) — A grass fire burned in Brisbane, a small city along the southern border of San Francisco, Thursday as counties around the state warned residents of increased fire danger and utilities shut down electricity as a precaution.

The fire was reported shortly before 11 a.m., and a Cal Fire helicopter could be seen dousing the blaze before noon.

No buildings were threatened, but officials said flames were moving south toward South San Francisco, KRON reported. Voluntary evacuations were in effect for buildings on a series of roads nearby: See the full list here.

The flames broke out directly beneath PG&E transmission lines, though officials said the cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

About 500,000 people lost electricity throughout the day across Northern California Wednesday as part of a precautionary shutdown by the utility company, which recently settled for an $11 billion settlement with insurance companies for claims stemming from fires in 2017 and 2018.

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