Residents returning home after Pacifica fire forces evacuations

AP Photo/Jeff ChiuA brush fire burns below the Seacrest town homes complex in Pacifica

A six-alarm vegetation fire that prompted evacuations in Pacifica early Monday has been contained, a fire inspector said.

The blaze began about 5 a.m. and prompted the evacuation of 80 to 90 homes near Fassler Avenue, North County Fire Authority Inspector Clyde Preston said.

The fire was fully contained about 7:30 a.m. Residents will be allowed to return to their homes around 8:30 a.m., Preston said.

About 40 residents went to an evacuation center that had been set up at the Pacifica Community Center at 540 Crespi Drive, he said.

Fire crews will be in the area Monday to cut live and burned vegetation and to put out any small fires that might spark back up, Preston said.

The blaze burned in steep terrain and there was still a lot of smoke in the area as of shortly before 8 a.m., he said.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.Bay Area NewsevacuationfirePacificaPeninsula

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