Two wildfires Friday and Saturday August 14 and 15 highlight Marin's wildfire danger, as dozens of large fires burn across California and the western US. Friday afternoon, a two acre vegetation fire burned in San Rafael near the Northgate Mall, threatening structures as firefighters arrived. Arson is suspected in the San Rafael fire. Earlier today, a vegetation fire ignited near the Bon Tempe water treatment plant above Phoenix Lake in Ross. Firefighters contained the fire at just 1/8 acre despite the hot, dry conditions.
Fire Managers in the Marin County Fire Department Emergency Command Center in Woodacre were able to locate and monitor the Phoenix Lake fire using Marin's Wildfire Detection Camera System.