Goose Starts Marin County Wildfire

A wildfire near Novato was caused by a goose who flew into power lines.

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, Feb 20, 2012  |  Updated 2:52 PM PDT
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An errant wild goose is the culprit in a Marin County wildfire. The goose is now in custody.

A goose flew into power lines in a remote area of Marin near the Gnoss Field airport and a marina, according to the Marin Independent Journal. "The goose caught on fire, and fell. The grass caught on fire. And the rest is history," said Capt. Alex Bowlds of the Novato Fire Protection District.

Firefighters were forced to travel on foot at noon on Sunday to find and extinguish the half-acre fire, according to the newspaper. When they arrived and put out the fire by 3:30 p.m., they found the goose -- "well burned, but still alive," according to authorities.

The goose was sent to the Marin County Humane Society for treatment.

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