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Fire burns near iconic sign in South San Francisco

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Posted at 2:12 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 17:31:09-04

(KGTV) -- A brush fire erupted Friday in the South San Francisco area, burning parts of an iconic hillside sign and prompting evacuations in the area.

Bay Area TV station KGO reported the fire broke out just before 12 p.m.

South San Francisco Fire Department officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for several nearby neighborhoods as flames approached an area known as "Sign Hill."

Aerial footage showed the blaze burning some letters on a massive sign on a hill that reads “South San Francisco The Industrial City.”

Fire officials did not say how much acreage the fire has burned as of 2 p.m.

The cause of the fire is unknown.