Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

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Large tree fire off Highway 101 near Cottage Grove at Bath Street. There is smoke and fire showing.

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LocalMatt Sep 29, 2019 10:47 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Unless people live by these camps people continue to give or feel sorry for them. Panhandling is there day job, stealing by night. Constant drug use clouds the mind. Wake up people! This fire is just a taste of what could happen on a much larger scale

a-1571480535 Sep 29, 2019 09:57 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Some people in Santa Barbara benefit from druggies. How? By being involved in drug making, drug transporting/distribution, drug sales. Some are local doctors who encourage use of pain medications. So far, ALL the people who benefit from druggies are winning. Now it's time for the other side to get strong, and not give in to the drug world's talking points. There are a few of us who aren't medicated, I think.

a-1571480535 Sep 29, 2019 09:33 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Open drug use, along with __numerous fires__, is the problem. Don't confuse compassion with leniency. It is like parents who let bad kids go wild because they're afraid to say "no". Let's just detain those "campers" who don't pass drug tests. The rest, if there are any, can stay...

Roger Sep 29, 2019 12:56 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Well if they are not going to give us old fockers with horrible painful agony pain killers the Campers can't have them either Damnit!

Z Sep 29, 2019 09:50 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Oh hell yes. Drug test the campers. Make them pee in bottles and have the DEA or the State lab run a full battery of tests. We can catch the drunks and the diabetics too.

a-1571480535 Sep 29, 2019 09:31 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

The sources quoted in the Noozhawk article from the Fire Dept. seemed surprised to discover a large homeless encampment was the source of the fire. ANYONE who drives by here even once a week would have noticed this by now. CLEAR THEM OUT! Stop prioritizing the rights and comforts of the few over the many. This is tyranny of the minority.

PitMix Sep 30, 2019 09:24 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

LA Times says that Bakersfield is going to criminalize homelessness and stick them in the extra beds in their local jail. Will cost about $3M/yr. Some of you might be really at home in that city, and they could use your tax dollars to pay for the incarceration.

El Barbareno Sep 29, 2019 09:30 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

It has been speculated that the recent increase in mountain lion sightings in town may result in a decrease of the homeless population.

SantaBarbaraObserver Sep 29, 2019 08:55 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Thank Cathy Murillo, she's doing a 'heck-of-job' isnt she? Seriously, she is by far the worst mayor and leader in this towns history... The problems we face as a city and a community have ballooned under her leadership and I have yet to read, see or hear a single statement on how she (as our mayor) is addressing the vagrant crisis let alone the bigger fiscal issues our city faces. Nope. All she does is attend ribbon cuttings, PR photo ops and luncheons and push her city employees tax increase agenda. On almost every measure she is our worst mayor ever. She needs to go. Cathy, it is time for some self reflection and humble pie. For the betterment of the city, you need to resign.

PitMix Sep 30, 2019 09:26 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Please outline the steps the Mayor has missed if they are so obvious to you. It's a hard problem, and no one has solved it, so I don't necessarily blame the mayor for what is going on.

a-1571480535 Sep 29, 2019 02:22 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

When Murrillo said she was all for affordable housing, I lost all respect for her.

a-1571480535 Sep 29, 2019 07:02 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Huge encampment off Las Positas near the southbound onramp. You see it in its full glory when you take the train. They took out an encampment on the other side which, if it had caught fire, the Samarkand would have gone up in flames. You see the vagrants begging every day out in this area, most of them very unsteady. They are allowed to live in that encampment. And you see dozens of encampments along the tracks if you take the train. As you head south that whole area is filled with mattresses and encampments, large and small. And that's in Montecito also. Several along Modoc and there have been fires along there. One good fire and with gusty winds and there goes Hidden Valley, Vista del Monte, Val Verde, etc. Call City Hall and get something done.

a-1571480535 Sep 29, 2019 09:51 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

When I saw it from the train, it seemed to be very close to the Las Positas interchange. right next to the soutbound onramp..I think it was probably in the Caltrans easement as there is a fence there separating caltrans from U.Pacific. I would say there are at least 20 people living there, based on mattresses, tents, beach chairs, bikes, etc. There are several more off Modoc as you get closer to La Cumbre Road. That's one reason there is trash lining the 101 for a mile or so east/west of La Cumbre/State St. Once in the Westside, the tracks are lined with grafitti, mattresses, etc that have been thrown over the sound walls near all the apartments.

mp805 Sep 29, 2019 09:03 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Is this huge encampment off Modoc between Los Positas and La Cumbre, ocean side of the 101?

a-1571480535 Sep 29, 2019 08:53 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

I can't go to one offramp in this town anymore without seeing someone begging for money. The sad part I've been seeing a lot of younger people in their 20's. It's one thing to see some old drugged out vagrant begging for money, but it makes me angry to see some lazy kids begging for drug money. At least have some pride and work for your booze or drugs. Or just work, don't do drugs and be a productive member of society just like everyone else.

LocalMatt Sep 28, 2019 10:04 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

This is the biggest problem with these camps. If they are out of site to most then they are out of mind until something big happens. If people were more pro active about this there wouldn't be continued problems. The city of santa Barbara should stand up and take control of this before its too late

a-1571480535 Sep 28, 2019 08:54 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Government agencies Caltrans, city, county are liable for these homeless camp fires. Who will be held accountable when one of these fires gets out of control?

mp805 Sep 28, 2019 08:26 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

I would have never guessed there was an encampment there if not for the fire...do a google streetview of this offramp and you can see tons of tents behind a makeshift fence...Santa Barbara can do better.

a-1571480535 Sep 29, 2019 09:32 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Exactly right, MP805. I drive by on the 101 only a few times a week and it's glaringly obvious to anyone who has ever driven by even once.

LocalMatt Sep 28, 2019 07:56 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Definitely a vagrant homeless camp! Go by it often. No problem says the city. It's not illegal to be homeless

Roger Sep 29, 2019 06:01 AM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Say it to their face tough guy. I'd like to see that not hiding behind a keyboard.

a-1571480535 Sep 28, 2019 05:00 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

"Firefighters responded Saturday afternoon to a vegetation fire that broke out at a homeless encampment along Highway 101 in downtown Santa Barbara. It turned out to be a pretty elaborate homeless encampment,” McCoy (Battalian Chief) said.” https://www.noozhawk.com/article/crews_battle_vegetation_fire_at_homeless_camp_in_santa_barbara

a-1571480535 Sep 28, 2019 04:47 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Another video of Bath St. fire: https://twitter.com/johnpalminteri?lang=en

a-1571480535 Sep 28, 2019 03:04 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

There's a video of the fire here (and another Good Samaritan, thank you): https://twitter.com/hashtag/SantaBarbara?src=hash&lang=en

Roger Sep 28, 2019 02:15 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

Never heard it knocked down maybe I missed it. Engine 6 just said "Code 8 remaining on scene.

a-1571480535 Sep 28, 2019 01:55 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

CHP, check other areas, and find homeless encampment fires every day, not just here. Problem in all CA. Today "1:49 PM. TREE FIRE SHUT DOWN THE OFR FOR BATH // POSS RELATED TO HOMELESS CAMP. 1:41 PM--FIRE ON RS. http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

Roger Sep 28, 2019 01:50 PM
Large Tree Fire on Highway 101

A friend of mine saw the smoke and fire coming back from Summerland and getting off at Milpas.

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