The dry grass along the Fresno River accelerated two fires started by homeless people living in the area, officials said Wednesday.
The first fire burned about an acre of grass near Tozer Street and Raymond Road, on the south side of the river. City of Madera Fire Department Captain Randy Cooper said a homeless woman was trying to cook a meal when the fire caught dry grass and spread quickly. Two city engines and its patrol responded as well as one county engine.
Nine firefighters put out the flames in the zone owned by Madera Irrigation District. The camp set up by the homeless woman also burned down, said Cooper.
There were no injuries or property damages reported. The fire was deemed accidental, said Cooper...