Filmmaker George Lucas has donated one of his two engines from Skywalker Ranch to the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department, according to the Marin IJ.
The announcement of Lucas’ donation was made the same weekend the that Lucas had donated downtown property to be turned into a park complete with statues of Yoda and Indiana Jones.
According to the Marin IJ, Muir Beach fire officials had entered negotiations to buy the fire engine from Lucas for a price that was quoted at $55,000 (a deal for the engine, which could sell for around $90,000 at market value).
Purchasing the vehicle would have wiped out the volunteer department’s annual budget, the IJ reported.
San Anselmo town officials told Patch last week that Lucas has been a great neighbor in the San Anselmo community and .
Lucas also recently made the best of his stunning decision to pull the plug on his proposed film studio at his Grady Ranch property in North San Rafael by offering to work with Marin Community Foundation to bring affordable housing to Grady Ranch. The move capped a turbulent series of events in which Lucasfilm proposed a 269,000 square foot film studio on Grady Ranch but then faced staunch opposition from a group of Lucas Valley neighbors.