Firefighters controlled a grass fire in San Rafael Tuesday evening that may have been related to illegal housing encampments in the area, fire officials said.
The fire was reported in an open space area east of Francisco Boulevard and north of Shoreline Parkway, according to the San Rafael Fire Department.
When they arrived, firefighters found a grass fire smaller than one acre burning in tall pampas grass. Such grass can be taller than 10 feet high and extremely dense. When burning, it can be difficult to extinguish, fire officials said.
Fifteen firefighters controlled the fire within about 30 minutes.
Investigators discovered debris, belongings and furnishings from several encampments where someone may have been working with a boat motor and gasoline. However, the exact cause of the fire has not been determined.
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