Brush Fire Contained In San Francisco’s Presidio Cemetery

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Firefighters contained a bush fire that started early Tuesday morning near the Nation Cemetery in the Presidio, authorites said.

The blaze broke out about 2 a.m. near Park Avenue at the Amatury Loop which is just outside the upper area of the cemetery near the overlook where there are numerous eucalyptus and cypress trees. Dana Polk, a Presidio Trust spokeswoman, said that no trees or graves were damaged and that homes were not threatened.

“It was right out the southwest corner of the cemetery and there is a trail area and then surrounding the trail there is quite a bit of wooded vegetation. There were no trees that we’re aware of—no large trees have been burned,” she said.

Because the fire was in a remote area, there were some challenges to firefighters trying to bring in water.

“We’re surrounded by outlets but because of the exact location, right outside the cemetery, they are coming down to get water down the hill here,” Polk said.

SF Firefighters Investigate Early Morning Presidio Fire

About two acres were burned and crews on the scene were checking for smoldering areas left by the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Presidio, Polk said, is an open park with no restrictions on when the trail can be used.

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