MARIN COUNTY (CBS SF) — A Petaluma man was arrested Tuesday evening after claiming to have started a grass fire on the ridge above Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, according to authorities.
Crews finished fighting the so-called Spirit Fire burning near Woodacre on Wednesday evening. An evacuation order was placed by authorities Tuesday afternoon, but was lifted Tuesday evening.READ MORE: UPDATE: Woman Accused of Starting Fawn Fire Was Boiling Bear Urine to Drink
73-year-old Henry Walker flagged down a Marin County Fire Battalion Chief at the scene and claimed to have started the fire, police said. Walker had minor injuries from attempting to put out the fire himself after it got out of control.
Walker admitted to setting personal effects on fire while on the ridge, police said. He was arrested and booked into Marin County Jail on felony charges of reckless burning.
Marin County Fire initially tweeted about the fire burning at about 4:40 p.m. Air and ground units were on the scene.
Crews are responding to #SpiritFire, a 5 acre fire located above Spirit Rock near Woodcare. NO evacuation orders underway at this time. @RossValleyFire & @CalFireNews assisting with response, including air attack crews and tankers.
— Marin County Fire (@marincountyfire) August 27, 2019
An evacuation warning was issued for east Rancho Santa Margarita shortly before 5 p.m. “out of an abunance of caution,” according to Marin Fire..
#SpiritFire Update: Out of an abundance of caution, an evacuation warning is in place for the area of Rancho Santa Margarita East.
— Marin County Fire (@marincountyfire) August 27, 2019READ MORE: SF Police Arrest 2 Men Who Allegedly Shot Woman Who Refused To Give Them Her Camera
By 5:30 p.m., the fire had grown to approximately 10-12 acres and was at 30 percent containment, but the forward rate of spread had slowed, according to the Marin County Sheriff.
UPDATE – Spirit Fire – Fire is approx 10-12 acres – 30 % containment – Forward rate of spread has slowed. https://t.co/Z2H3pCV125
— Marin County Sheriff (@MarinSheriff) August 28, 2019
By around 6:10 p.m., containment had been raised to 60 percent, the fire’s forward progress had been stopped and the evacuation warning had been lifted.
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#SpiritFire Update: the evacuation warning for Rancho Santa Margarita East has been LIFTED. Fire size estimated at 10-12 acres, 60% contained. Forward progress has been stopped. 👍 pic.twitter.com/sebY4mRFdb
— Marin County Fire (@marincountyfire) August 28, 2019
In a final update Tuesday evening, Marin County Fire tweeted that crews will remain on scene overnight with continued mop-up into Wednesday morning, with full containment of the fire expected late in the day.