SF fire officials investigate six overnight fires in Golden Gate Park as “suspicious”

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 has launched an investigation into the causes of a total of six fires that broke out in Golden Gate Park over the past 24 hours. 

The fires have been isolated to areas of the parks’ Polo Fields and Casting Ponds and have been determined to be “suspicious in nature,” the department reported in a statement released Saturday morning. 

At 6:15 p.m. on Friday,  fire officials had “contained” one two-alarm fire by the park’s Polo Field on Martin Luther King Drive and Metson Road and had responded to another wild land fire by the park’s Casting Ponds, the San Francisco Examiner reported previously.  By Saturday morning, the department reported that fire fighters has responded to a total of six fires that resulted in no structural damages or injuries and ranged in size from 10 inches by 10 inches to 1 acre.

The department said in the statement that it has forged a partnership with the San Francisco Police Department and San Francisco Recreation and Parks to investigate the fires’ causes as potentially suspicious, and that police officials and park rangers will have a visible presence in the area.

Members of the public who may have information about the fires are encouraged to call 911 or to contact the department anonymously at (415) 920-2933 or by email at firepio@sfgov.org.

The local blazes come as massive wildfires are ravaging through Northern and Southern California, displacing thousands and killing at least 11 people. The so-called Camp Fire north of Sacramento has been deemed as the most destructive in the state’s history.

lwaxmann@sfexaminer.com

 

 

 

 

 

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