Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

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Update by edhat staff
3:30 p.m., July 3, 2020

Santa Barbara County Firefighters have stopped the forward progress of a brush fire on both sides of Highway 101 near Fairview Ave in Goleta.

Fire crews arrived on the scene around 2:30 p.m. Friday and discovered a brush fire started inside a homeless encampment on the south side of the freeway. It had then spotted to the northside of the freeway burning behind commercial structures.

California Highway Patrol shut down the north and southbound lanes as a mandatory evacuation order were issued for the nearby area and buildings, including the Motel 6. 

Firefighters were able to quickly stop the forward progress of the fire and as of 3:45 p.m., have completely knocked down the fire. Crews will be on the scene for several hours for an extensive mop-up of the area.

There were no injuries or structures damaged. The official cause is under investigation.

CHP has now opened the number one south and northbound lanes. Traffic remains heavy in the area.

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
2:40 p.m., July 3, 2020

Brush fire at Highway 101 southbound near Fairview Ave. 

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PitMix Jul 06, 2020 09:47 AM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

If you add up all of the police and fire time spent responding to homeless incidents, is it enough to create a place where they can live without starting fires?

a-1594073848 Jul 06, 2020 03:17 PM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

Add up all the public and commerical space already abdicated to the vagrant population, particularly parks the public can not longer safely use while we continue to pay for their maintenance and security; the RR corridor which is our welcoming entry to our city; freeway access ramps; all creek sides and bike paths; Mission Creek concrete channel; new State Street mall dining and business entrances, church yards, TV Hill, beaches ...... just a partial list of spaces already turned over by city policies allowing unhindered vagrant occupation. Cheaper to buy up Trona and pay for one way bus tickets. Mission accomplished. There is nothing enlightened about our current vagrancy policies; nor our immediate aquiesence to ACLU demands - they cannot make unlimited unfunded mandate policy demands at our sole local expense. Violates due process. Get a new city attorney who knows how to fight back. Get a new broken-windows police chief with a back bone and home in the city where they can keep track of what needs to be done, 24/7. Not treat this position as a part time job. We are currently badly served in both positions.

PitMix Jul 06, 2020 10:59 AM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

Roger, KEYT last night was reporting 27 citations for SB City. Which was better than LA City, who issued 1 citation as of Sunday night.

Roger Jul 06, 2020 09:55 AM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

I think the 2nd fire there might have been arson I don't know about the first...Police arrested some homeless guy for lighting something possibly a firework on fire last night..Too bad they did nothing about all the assholes who were lighting fireworks all over town..Blame the homeless but let the law breakers go..

a-1593894122 Jul 04, 2020 01:22 PM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

There were several fire trucks/emergency response vehicles out there again this afternoon...hoping it wasn’t because ANOTHER irresponsible fire got out of control. What has to burn down for the increase in camps to be addressed seriously?

a-1593879608 Jul 04, 2020 09:20 AM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

Which costs the taxpayers more? Cleaning up these "camps" first or using all our police and fire fighters to hopefully extinguish the fires before it destroys public and private property. Not to mention the loss of all the trees and wild life habitat.

a-1593883941 Jul 04, 2020 10:32 AM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

A local police officer told me that in the times of Covid 19 the campers can't be moved. They are told to "shelter in place." We saw some move around yesterday out of Fairview to Ellwood camps. Not safe, especially in fire season.

angryjoe Jul 04, 2020 08:57 AM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

But hey, try and have a barbecue or fire on the beach and you’re in big trouble....
There are multiple vacant military facilities that can be used for housing these folks in this lifestyle.

PitMix Jul 06, 2020 03:02 PM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

There are multiple vacant military facilities in Santa Barbara County that can be used for housing these folks? Why, we'd have to be idiots not to open them up for these people! Unless, of course, said housing does not exist. And unless there are some in the high desert somewhere that no sane person would want to live in. And unless there was no funding to support these people once they got there. And unless.......well, you get the picture.

chico berkeley Jul 06, 2020 10:36 AM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

When I was a kid we had a guy in the area named "Hobo Jim" or "Jim the bum" . Both not aggressive enough for the type of behavior that he had. Some of my best friends were inaugurated to alcohol, weed and other drugs and then he would molest them .Big deal court case in the 70's.Screwed up those people bad.One had anger issues so bad he kicked a bum to death near Haskell's and went down a road of anti-social behavior ending with his murder and the other one just killed himself a couple of weeks ago. The shit these people get away with has long lasting/reaching effects.There is NO rehabilitating those types of people,but keep giving them money so they can continue their "lifestyle"

a-1593881750 Jul 04, 2020 09:55 AM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

But you can't SAY that. These are culturally deprived, oppressed victims of a Capitalist society. You may not demean them by calling them bums, vagrants, hobos, scammers, grifters, derelicts, drunks, winos, scumbags, or shiftless, lazy, irresponsible gypsies, tramps or thieves. They prefer to be called Carefree Ramblers.

LCP112233 Jul 04, 2020 11:23 AM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

It already happened in Paso Robles. Several houses burned. No mention of the bum camp being the cause. Only the overgrown brush. Like it spontaneously combusted. Just put your head in the sand and ignore the REAL problem!

winter Jul 03, 2020 06:39 PM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

Thanks Rodger !
I drove by, when this was happening...looked awful, but the fire, police, were on it.
My only comment is, they have DUI, check point, in that area tonight...good idea, with a holiday weekend.
Why can't they do a HEC...
Homeless encampment checkpoint ?
There have been so many of these...
Pull resources, from fire, police..

a-1593877963 Jul 04, 2020 08:52 AM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

DUI checkpoints are often funded with grant moneys from the State or Fed govts. Find a grant to pay for HECs and it'll get done... eventually. As we keep asking local govts to do more with less it's no wonder they keep falling short.

Roger Jul 04, 2020 06:56 AM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

Resources are stretched out over the virus and other things there really isn't alot of police officers here in the area per residents, tourists, and homeless they do what they can with what they have. There was a camp clean up in the 3900 Block of State street yesterday.

a-1593818460 Jul 03, 2020 04:21 PM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

This should be a wake up call for anyone who lives near lake Los carneros. That park is severely overgrown and has accumulated an explosive amount of dead and dry fuel over the years. It is also inhabited by a number of transients. If the community will not clean out all the dead foliage in the park, it’s only a matter of time until one of the transients starts a fire and it all burns down.

Roger Jul 03, 2020 03:33 PM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

There is always 805 breaking news on Facebook too but the guy is moving out of town in a few days a big loss to Citizen Reporters in Santa Barbara he has video on the fire.

Roger Jul 03, 2020 02:51 PM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

Huge flames reported now on the Northside of the freeway near Zodo's and the car wash Firefighters checking homes in the area...

Roger Jul 03, 2020 02:45 PM
Brush Fire Shuts Down Highway in Goleta

Reverse 911 calls going out to residents on South Fairview, Magnola, and Orange Avenue in case of possible evacuation..

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