Residents returning home after Pacifica fire forces evacuations 

click to enlarge A brush fire burns below the Seacrest town homes complex in Pacifica, Calif., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Residents have returned to their homes Monday after firefighters contained the six-alarm grass fire south of San Francisco. - AP PHOTO/JEFF CHIU
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  • A brush fire burns below the Seacrest town homes complex in Pacifica, Calif., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Residents have returned to their homes Monday after firefighters contained the six-alarm grass fire south of San Francisco.

A six-alarm vegetation fire that prompted evacuations in Pacifica early Monday has been contained, a fire inspector said.

The blaze began about 5 a.m. and prompted the evacuation of 80 to 90 homes near Fassler Avenue, North County Fire Authority Inspector Clyde Preston said.

The fire was fully contained about 7:30 a.m. Residents will be allowed to return to their homes around 8:30 a.m., Preston said.

About 40 residents went to an evacuation center that had been set up at the Pacifica Community Center at 540 Crespi Drive, he said.

Fire crews will be in the area Monday to cut live and burned vegetation and to put out any small fires that might spark back up, Preston said.

The blaze burned in steep terrain and there was still a lot of smoke in the area as of shortly before 8 a.m., he said.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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