Vegetation Fire at Ellwood Bluffs

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By Scanner Andrew

County firefighters are on scene of a vegetation fire at the Ellwood Bluffs in Goleta.

 

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Chip of SB May 17, 2022 07:59 AM
Vegetation Fire at Ellwood Bluffs

I think it would be really helpful to start a special fire feature or section on edhat. Since we have at least a fire per day, a fire map would be awesome! This would put all the fire stories in one convenient place. Users could see when and where fires occur every day, and could look back through time to see where previous fires occurred and link to articles/threads about them. This could become a helpful tool for analyzing fire patterns in the community as the data is compiled over time.

Lucky 777 May 17, 2022 10:20 AM
Vegetation Fire at Ellwood Bluffs

CHIP OF SB A really useful idea. Like monitoring earthquakes, except in this case we'd see just how much that "known encampments" of protected individuals are threatening the taxpaying citizens' homes. How very frustrating to watch it go on, whack-a-mole.

bosco May 17, 2022 10:50 AM
Vegetation Fire at Ellwood Bluffs

Heal the Ocean has been doing a great job of tracking homeless camps. Maybe they can add the fires to their tracker as well? https://www.healtheocean.org/homeless

ScannerAndrew May 17, 2022 01:15 PM
Vegetation Fire at Ellwood Bluffs

Ok I created this. I'll update it after every fire.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1TpGOSarjiQ7lfqsE88PSlGaW23F-SBCx&usp=sharing

AwareHuman May 17, 2022 10:38 AM
Vegetation Fire at Ellwood Bluffs

Since the addicted are prone to reckless behavior, it would be wise to provide fire extinguishers at these known encampments. As long as drugs are way too easy to procure , there will remain fire & crime in OUR city. Time to accept facts & realize that there are realistic mitigations ....and for starters, ask the city council to hold the narcotic detectives respons hiible & demand they go after drug dealers. Citizenss deserve transparency, not more non-profits collecting grants & providing generous pay to directors. It's obvious that the addicts , who become homeless as a result, are being enabled & all the raging comments about them does nothing towards real change

sacjon May 17, 2022 10:54 AM
Vegetation Fire at Ellwood Bluffs

Sounds pretty possible this was in the encampment in the eucalyptus grove. AWARE has a great idea - give the encampments (they're all known to the PD I'm sure) fire extinguishers. At least provide them with something to help. Again though, the cops NEED to do their job and get out there and patrol these camps more often. Just like they patrol IV and DT during Fiesta, the cops should be patrolling KNOWN areas where criminal activity is taking place.

a-1652899143 May 18, 2022 11:39 AM
Vegetation Fire at Ellwood Bluffs

Where the fire remains are located are on a frequently used path to the ocean, adjacent to the UCSB plover monitoring area. The houseless who occasionally sleep in the area are usually seen in less trafficked areas. My guess is someone through a cigarette butt in there on their way home from the beach that night. However, the Ellwood Bluffs area is a fire disaster waiting to happen. Many homes in the area are adjacent to 100' eucs and their debris. I discussed this with a County emergency official last year and his take is that the tons of eucalyptus debris is ok but winds come from the mountains (Santa Anas) and wouldn't blow fire from the trees into the housing areas. However, plenty of high wind events blow from the northwest into this area, as was the case last weekend.

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