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Homeless Camp Believed Cause Of Marsh Fire Thursday Night

Jill Robinson, nee Corte Madera resident watched from her home. Courtesy photo
Jill Robinson, nee Corte Madera resident watched from her home. Courtesy photo
Smoke looms over the bay this morning, as the marshland continues to smolder in Corte Madera after last nights fire.

Firefighters worked into the night to extinguish, what officials are calling, an out of control homeless encampment fire that consumed 3-acres of marshland near Redwood Highway.

The blaze, reported just east of the Village Shopping Mall in the marshland area near Redwood Highway at 10:30 p.m Thursday, was contained around 1 a.m.

A fire chief told Bay City News that site contained multiple homeless camps, however, locals say this is a surprise to them.

"I live about a mile away from where the fire was, and walk the marshland area all the time" explained local environmental activist Jill Robinson, "I must say I have never seen camps set up in the area."

Robinson expressed her deep concern for the impact the damage might have caused on protected marshland species, telling Patch, "It's just such a sad situation."

Officials say encampments are often transient and can be set up and moved often.
tom martell February 02, 2014 at 08:16 PM
homeless people are responsible for starting fires, global warming, falling real estate prices, world wars and the drought

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