There were several major fires in Marin County in 1919, including this wind-driven wildland interface fire in the southern end of Sausalito in September. Twelve homes, five stores, and a church hall were destroyed before the Sausalito Volunteer Fire Department, the U.S. Army, the San Francisco Fire Department , the Larkspur Fire Department, and numerous members of the public were able to subdue the flames.
When I first found articles about the fire in the Sausalito News from that week, I wondered why the Mill Valley, Corte Madera, and other departments were not there. Why just Larkspur?
The answer was of course there was another large fire at the same time, burning homes in Mill Valley and threatening Muir Woods. That story is coming. Start by reading about the Sausalito fire under our Major Fires Menu>Wildland Urban Interface Fires.
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