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Hundreds of Fourth of July fires in Bay Area, many from illegal fireworks

Fire officials across the Bay Area remained on high alert Sunday after battling more than 200 fires on the Fourth of July — almost all ignited by illegal fireworks — that threatened homes and buildings and injured a father and his child.
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Fireworks ignite on Independence Day in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.
1of5Fireworks ignite on Independence Day in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle
A livestock trailer drives along Canada Road as the Crews Fire burns near Gilroy, Calif., on Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
2of5A livestock trailer drives along Canada Road as the Crews Fire burns near Gilroy, Calif., on Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)Photo: Noah Berger / Associated Press
Fireworks burn in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.
3of5Fireworks burn in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle


Fire officials across the Bay Area remained on high alert Sunday after battling hundreds of fires on the Fourth of July — almost all ignited by illegal fireworks — that threatened multiple homes and buildings and injured a father and his child.

Firefighters were spread so thin overnight, fielding dozens of calls in a single hour, that many dispatched only one fire engine to the scene of each blaze during the height of the rush. It was the culmination of nearly a month of illegal fireworks activity across the Bay Area, officials said.

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The wild holiday weekend, amplified against a backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread civil unrest, included a 6-acre blaze in San Francisco’s Bayview district, where the fire was contained before it reached a series of motor homes. In the East Bay, a major fire burned in Oak Hills Park in Pittsburg, threatening homes nearby.

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