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Fires erupt across county on hot weekend

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Scorching heat roasted San Mateo County as firefighters battled four major structure fires during a 30-hour span during the weekend, all while dozens of their counterparts fought ferocious wildfires in other parts of Northern California.

Sunday evening, a different kind of fire broke out — a grassfire on San Bruno Mountain. The five-alarm fire burned at least 175 acres on the mountain and reportedly fanned smoke throughout San Mateo County.

The blaze was reported at 7:23 p.m. and quickly escalated to five alarms, according to a fire dispatcher; the flames were not declared under control late Sunday night.

Just one minor injury was reported in the four structure fires in Daly City, Foster City, Broadmoor and an unincorporated part of the county next to San Mateo between 1:40 a.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

The 30-hour stretch of structure fires ended when a triplex home on 333 Sunfish Court in Foster City was scorched along with three cars in the driveway. The fire, which likely started in the garage, caused an estimated $1 million in damages and displaced a family of five, Foster City Battalion Chief Jim Scott said. The owner of the home and his neighbors on the tiny, cul-de-sac street were too shaken up to comment.

No one was injured in the Foster City two-alarm fire, which began at 7:30 a.m. and was controlled within 15 minutes by 36 responding personnel from five fire departments, Scott said.

On Saturday, authorities controlled a three-alarm blaze just west of state Highway 92 near San Mateo.

Two more two-alarm structure fires, one in Broadmoor near Colma and another in Daly City, also erupted Saturday. The Daly City fire caused $250,000 worth of damages to a two-story home and displaced three residents, one of whom suffered a minor injury, and was controlled in 20 minutes, North County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Ed Jansen said.

While fire authorities battled blazes on the Peninsula, three strike teams from throughout the county were sent to raging wildfires in Santa Cruz and Humboldt counties, Scott said. After battling the 630-acre Trabing Fire south of the Peninsula on Saturday, three San Mateo County strike teams headed north to the Branch Fire on Sunday, he said.

mrosenberg@sfexaminer.com

Bay City News contributed to this report.