A small fire was sparked near a San Rafael homeless encampment late Monday.
Just before midnight, San Rafael firefighters responded to reports of a fire near 350 Merrydale Road.
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The latest fire was reported at 11:10 p.m. Monday, according to fire Chief Christopher Gray.
By Maggie Avants (Patch Staff) - August 3, 2016 12:06 am ET
SAN RAFAEL, CA — Authorities are investigating fires on private property on Los Ranchitos Road in San Rafael, the latest of which broke out late Monday night.
San Rafael fire Chief Chris Gray said a security guard at Guide Dogs for the Blind reported the fire at 340 Los Ranchitos at about 11:10 p.m. Monday. A quick response and action by firefighters from San Rafael and Marinwood limited its spread to one-eighth of an acre, Gray said.
The chief told Patch the fire "appeared to be caused by homeless activity."
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"The area experienced another fire last month," Gray said. "Firefighters and the San Rafael Police Department are investigating further and seeing that a fence is repaired that has been broken down by campers accessing the area."
He said residents and businesses should report any suspicious activity to San Rafael police.
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