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At approximately 10:00 p.m., on Monday, March 16, Evanston fire companies responded to the report of a grass fire at Lighthouse Beach. Arriving companies found several hundred feet of grass on fire behind the houses on Milburn Park.

Handlines were used to extinguish the fire, which was not a threat to any City facility or private residences. The Fire Prevention Bureau is currently investigating the cause of the fire, but an initial report indicates that someone may have released a sky lantern in the area.

The dunes serve as a habitat for some of Evanston’s wildlife. An estimate to repair damage to the dunes is not currently available. No injuries were reported.