Fires erupt in Golden Gate Park Friday evening

A fire burning at the Polo Fields at Golden Gate Park sends embers up into the sky on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (Courtesy Mike Billings)

The San Francisco Fire Department “contained” one two-alarm fire by the park’s Polo Field on Martin Luther King Drive and Metson Road at about 6:15 p.m., according to fire department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter. When a fire is contained, it is not spreading — though it is still lit.

An “additional outside fire” by the park’s casting ponds has yet to be contained. No structures were damaged so far and no injuries have been reported, Baxter wrote on Twitter.

Mike Billings, a former editor of the San Francisco Examiner, saw the fire as he drove down MLK Drive.

“It was shooting up the trees,” he said. “It was kind of in two places there. It was spread out and big.”

The fire department issued a warning Friday night to avoid Golden Gate Park near the Polo Fields.

The Golden Gate Park fire sparked while Californians flee wildfires in the north and south. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air Alert from Friday all the through Monday because of heavy smoke and particulates drifting into the Bay Area from the so-called Camp Fire which continues to rage in Butte County.

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