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Update by edhat staff
August 18, 2018
 

A 37-year-old transient was arrested for allegedly starting a brush fire in a homeless camp along Highway 101 near the Bird Refuge on Thursday.

The Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) arrested Jason Adams on Thursday evening charging him arson and assault of a police officer.

An SBPD officer was conducting a traffic stop when he noticed the fire and informed dispatch. According to the police, the officer saw Adams allegedly consuming alcohol and watching a homeless encampment burn. The officer questioned Adams but he stated he did not start it. At some point a struggle took place between Adams and the officer over the alcohol where the officer was punched in the face, accord to KEYT News.

The Santa Barbara Police Department says one officer was on a traffic stop when he saw the fire and called it in to dispatch. The officer walked around the scene of the fire, according to police, and found Adams apparently consuming alcohol and sitting watching the homeless encampment burn. Police say no one else was around the scene at the time.

At one point, authorities say, the officer questioned Adams about the fire but said he didn't start it. Soon after, a struggle happened between Adams and the officer over the alcohol, police say. The officer got punched in the face but besides complaining of some minor pain, the police department insists the officer was not injured.

Adams was eventually arrested and charged.


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
7:38 p.m., August 16, 2018

Brush fire in a homeless camp along Highway 101 at Milpas in the southbound lane area.

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NostraChumash Aug 19, 2018 01:15 PM
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Well, one huge factor in this STILL being an issue, is that even though I've said 20 times; "Here's your answer" while holding up a viable business-plan..no-one has offered to read it!. Two "gang-czars" later, SB is still hiring "consultants" when the answers lie within the People of this town. #MSBGA!

biguglystick Aug 19, 2018 10:40 AM
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There are going to be A LOT more homeless people as the housing situation across the nation gets worse and worse. I will never be able to buy a home here, in my own hometown and it's heartbreaking. As the baby boomers age out and Generation X comes after, more and more people are finding it hard to make ends meet, but yeah, keep voting republican... keep widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots. It's crazy how fine a line it can be between having a roof over your head and being homeless. I thank my lucky stars that I can work and I'm not mentally ill like many of these people with no access to services.

CoastWatch Aug 18, 2018 03:24 PM
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How about if the City hires gangbangers from the East and West sides and Goleta to get rid of the bums any way they wish- Since the local governments hands are tied and local citizens would be considered mean and politically uncorrect, it seems like the perfect solution!

RHS Aug 17, 2018 09:51 AM
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What if we had no homeless? What if we had no religion? What if we had no war? What if all the people got along? You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one...hostile trolls on Edhat aside.

Roger Aug 18, 2018 01:36 PM
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Good charge him with arson and assault on a police officer put him away to cool his heels and when he gets out I'm sure a dreamer will take him in...

Roger Aug 17, 2018 11:22 AM
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I don't think it's hostile to not want people who don't give a shit to burn your town down leave things the way you found it clean up your messes Where do you live? Invite the houseless in your home and feed them cloth them, support them I have I don't do it anymore most of the ones I took in abused me or my things or tried to take over...Many of those people I took in own homes now have money and cars but I'm crap to them...The ACLU sued the city of Santa Barbara to not ticket and arrest the homeless who have no home to sleep in the rights to camp. They did not sue the city of Santa Barbara to give the homeless the rights to leave unattended camp fires which would spread turning into brush and vegetation fires...The homeless have it made here if they don't insist on breaking the law if they do they belong in jail like everyone else.

EndangeredLocal Aug 17, 2018 07:23 AM
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As of a few days ago, there was a tent and encampment clearly visible at the Fairview end of the area burned a few weeks ago off the side of 101 south between Fairview and Los Carneros. Blatant.

a-1537785181 Aug 17, 2018 07:25 AM
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Fill out the customer service form at Caltrans District 5 https://csr.dot.ca.gov/ You will receive a confirmation and once they address the situation, a follow-up notice. Several weeks ago, I reported a homeless camp on the Las Positas northbound off ramp and they did clear it out within a few weeks. This one was just across the road from private homes in the Samarkand. A fire disaster waiting to happen. You can also report excessive litter, etc.

a-1537785181 Aug 17, 2018 09:24 AM
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Stop with the snark. When your family members live near these encampments, you do get concerned. This is a dangerous situation for any community along the 101. Look at Lompoc. They have had 3 fires at the encampments in the river bed in the last two weeks. Fire response costs all of us. These fires are very close to residential neighborhoods.

a-1537785181 Aug 17, 2018 08:24 AM
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Like Caltrans doesn't have enough to do to maintain the existing infrastructure of this state on a shrinking budget. But, OK, set them off on homeless patrol too.

Always_Running Aug 16, 2018 08:17 PM
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The CHP/ sheriff/ fire need to use there helicopter & night vision goggles to scope out these homeless camps. Trade off monthly, share the responsibility and cost. These encampment fires are happing too often.

Z Aug 17, 2018 10:45 AM
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Excuse me please, my bad snark. Finding homeless camps isn't the problem. The police, sheriffs, and Caltrans know where the homeless live. The bottom one-percent is much easier to find than the top one-percent. The problem is what to do with people who don't have enough money to rent a Santa Barbara campsite. Saying "Move along." doesn't work.

Z Aug 17, 2018 09:53 AM
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Helicopters and night-vision goggles? Are you blind? It's not like they're hidden away like Viet-Cong bases in the jungle. Just look in the daytime, then call in your airstrike.

Roger Aug 16, 2018 08:01 PM
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Not a huge fire but a tall fire alone the 101 Just my opinion but these people who light these fires and let them get out of control should be arrested for arson...My opinion.

Roger Aug 16, 2018 07:59 PM
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I went down there but by the time I got over there the fire was pretty much knocked down and there were alot of cops. I don't know what happened exactly except the fire was in a homeless camp...Other friends at Dwight Murphy said the fire was tall flames 20 or 30 feet...

a-1537785181 Aug 16, 2018 07:58 PM
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Drove by on 101 at Milpas Southbound at 7:56p, viewed 10 foot flames and it looks like trucks are on scene with manpower to get fire under control.

a-1537785181 Aug 16, 2018 07:46 PM
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CHP website: 7:38 PM [CHP]-LRG PLUME OF SMOKE ACROSS FRM BIRD REFUGE . 7:37 PM 4. DARK SMOKE. 7:35 PM 3 [3] UNK WHAT'S ON FIRE / POSS ENCAMPMENT. 7:35 PM [2] NEAR RDWY . 7:35 PM 1 [1] RP W/ VISUAL OF SMOKE AND FLAMES.

Roger Aug 16, 2018 07:43 PM
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I looked out there huge cloud of black smoke in the air there my neighbors on the 2nd story next to me say they see flames at least 20 feet in the air...

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