Homeless Camp Fire on Butterfly Beach

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By John Palminteri

What looked like A BONFIRE on Butterfly Beach in Montecito Monday night at 8 p.m. was started by a man clearing out abandoned items from a homeless camp.  He did not want to haul the stuff out. Fires, even on the beach are not allowed in Montecito. The Sheriff's dept. was called.

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sacjon Jun 07, 2022 11:32 AM
Homeless Camp Fire on Butterfly Beach

Eh... was this really a "Homeless Camp Fire," or as the article says, it was fire a man made with trash from a homeless camp. Watching the video, looks like HOMED man burning things he pulled from a homeless camp.

Rypert Johnson Jun 07, 2022 11:59 AM
Homeless Camp Fire on Butterfly Beach

Yet another "houseless neighbor" incident involving fire and the typical defenders of bad behavior making their voices heard. Same as usual.

We just had a nice blaze out here in west Goleta on Storke Road on the south of the 101 freeway overpass. ANOTHER blaze. The community is getting tired of this.

I believe it was reported last Friday that the SBSO had apprehended the "houseless neighbor" arsonist by Los Carneros. If so, try this guy to the fullest.

On a more ominous tone to the matter, certain pro-"houseless neighbor" movements in town have been providing their "constituents" with anarchist literature on how to disrupt communities and one of the tactics discussed in these pamphlets just happens to be arson.

These fires occuring, there is a pattern to them, that cannot be denied. They are either set to burn out other encampments, intimidate homeowners or out of a temper tantrum by somebody upset that they are not getting their way.

There hasn't been a need for "warming fires" since the weather has been much more pleasant, this only leaves one other intent: ARSON.

If arson is the case, arrest and prosecute. The community is getting fed up, this needs to stop.

a-1654662046 Jun 07, 2022 09:20 PM
Homeless Camp Fire on Butterfly Beach

Fear-mongering about "anarchists," or real? Please provide a photo of such literature. If you don't have the cell phone camera (I don't), I'm sure some concerned neighbor will.

m2457 Jun 08, 2022 12:22 AM
Homeless Camp Fire on Butterfly Beach

Rypert, I completely agree with you. I am so tired of hearing that they are cold when I call to report a fire. For those of us that live close to camp sites, it is quite frightening. I am fed up!

pstarSR Jun 08, 2022 07:44 AM
Homeless Camp Fire on Butterfly Beach

"was started by a man clearing out abandoned items from a homeless camp"

so what "houseless neighbor" do you mean? oh wait.......

Luvaduck Jun 08, 2022 07:42 AM
Homeless Camp Fire on Butterfly Beach

I'm not wishing for it, but I think it will take one of these fires burning down a housing tract or two in the middle of the night and killing somebody. CA has 1/5 of the "homeless" in the nation. Makes sense: Who'd prefer Oklahoma, Mississippi or Toledo? We have nice weather, sympathetic residents, no enforcement of vagrancy laws, incarceration for criminal behavior or custodial care for the mentally ill: Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Gimli Jun 08, 2022 12:37 PM
Homeless Camp Fire on Butterfly Beach

"Charlie don't surf." I just wanted to throw that line in by Robert Duvall from the 1979 film 'Apocalypse Now' since this fire happened on Butterfly Beach.

sacjon Jun 08, 2022 04:00 PM
Homeless Camp Fire on Butterfly Beach

BASIC - no she didn't. The fire "was started by a man clearing out abandoned items from a homeless camp." That fact has been mentioned (and ignored) a few times here.

Ahlia Jun 08, 2022 06:21 PM
Homeless Camp Fire on Butterfly Beach

If most of us want to build a small fire next to the ocean to roast some marshmallows we will be fined in a hot minute..... Why are the houseless allowed to camp & build so called warming fires anywhere they please no matter how dangerous ...or that we are in dry fire season ???

sacjon Jun 08, 2022 06:31 PM
Homeless Camp Fire on Butterfly Beach

AHLIA - They are not allowed to build fires anywhere. They never have been.

I've build countless bonfires at local beaches and never once been fined. We've been told to put them out, but I don't know anyone who's been fined for a beach bonfire and I've been doing them with friends for at least 30 years now.

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