San Rafael

Fire Crews Battle Grass Fire in San Rafael

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Fire crews in the North Bay worked into the night Monday, making sure hot spots didn’t flare up after a vegetation fire consumed 5 acres in San Rafael.

The Shoreline Fire was reported in the area near Kerner and Francisco Boulevard, just east of Interstate 580 around 5 p.m. with winds fanning the flames in dry brush, firefighters said they were prepared for anything.

“It's a difficult area to get mopped up fully so we're bringing in extra equipment to help with that,” said Battalion Chief Matt Windrem.

“There was no threat to any structures although we were prepared in case winds shifted at the peak about 40 firefighters from Marin were here to assist San Rafael fire the fire,” he said. 

People who live nearby were relieved to see firefighters put the flames out quickly

“A little disconcerting hoping this isn't a precursor for a long long fire season,” said resident Joey Hoeber.

On social media, San Rafael Fire used the incident to remind people to sign up for emergency  alerts and be ready to evacuate.

In San Jose, Cal Fire said this is one of several vegetation fires that broke out Monday.

With conditions hotter and drier than normal, agencies all over the Bay Area are urging everyone to be careful.

The cause of the fire in San Rafael is under investigation.

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