The Edgewood Fire ignited on June 21st, 2022, and burned 20 acres in San Mateo County. It was the first fire of the 2022 fire season on the San Francisco Peninsula. At least 200 emergency personnel and multiple aircraft were involved in the containment effort. Local evacuation orders were issued and thousands of people were without power for multiple days, including much of Stanford University. No structural damage or major injuries were reported. At least 4 firefighters suffered minor injuries.
The fire was declared 100% contained on June 26th, 2022. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Local residents reported hearing a loud explosion and losing power minutes before the fire was reported. CAL FIRE has collected PG&E equipment from the Emerald Lake Distribution Circuit.
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The Edgewood Fire started at approximately 2:30 pm on June 21st near Old Edgewood Road and the Weed Golf Club, close to the Emerald Lake Distribution Circuit.
Crews faced low humidity and temperatures near 100 degrees. Local evacuation orders were put in place soon after the fire’s ignition, though they were downgraded to warnings just hours later. The fire reached within roughly 100-200 feet of the nearest houses, but no structural damage was reported. CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Bob Simmons said several houses were saved from the brush and timber fire because they had good fire clearance.
Thousands of people and most of Stanford University were left without power for multiple days. PG&E’s efforts were delayed in part because they had to wait for fire investigators to grant access to a substation on Cañada Road. By the afternoon of the 23rd, PG&E claimed power had been restored to most affected customers.
On June 22nd, PG&E filed a Safety Incident Report out of an abundance of caution due to numerous media inquiries about the Edgewood Fire. The report stated that CAL FIRE had collected PG&E equipment from an electrical power station in the vicinity of the Edgewood Fire.
The official cause of the fire has not been determined and no lawsuits have been filed related to the Edgewood Fire. Multiple news outlets, including ABC7 News, have reported residents hearing a loud explosion and then losing power minutes before the fire was reported.
Chief Simmons said aircraft efforts to contain the fire’s spread with water and fire retardant have left dense fuel on the south side of the canyon. Future grants, possibly through PG&E, will be necessary to mitigate the remaining fuel, he said.