By Scanner Andrew
County firefighters are responding to a report of a vegetation fire near the Juvenile Hall on Hollister.
Crews trying to make access
First engine on scene advising 1/4 acre
Hearing transient camp on Sheriff - Female is running around Nogal & Hollister screaming about a fire
This is the Creek Incident
This is in a homeless encampment
Fire is under control
Sheriff are looking for a suspect, possibly transient from the camp, that drove a vehicle without owner’s consent.
Sheriff have obtained video surveillance of the suspect that stole the vehicle and started the fire. The suspect is wearing jeans, flannel jacket, with no shirt. The suspect is also with a female who is in all black
See what happens when the Liquor stores close..
So it was 1 of our "houseless neighbors" again? Of course it was! By the way, PLEASE don't call it a "homeless camp"! Call it a vagrant station. The true homeless don't do this kind of stuff!
Enforce vagrancy laws before vagrants burn down the town. There are whole areas that used to be open spaces for community recreation that are now too dangerous for a single woman or kids to use.
That area has always been kind of overgrown, but when you add the human element & fire, it's a disaster waiting to happen. So since they're callin' it the "Creek Fire" (as per the report), does that mean it started in the creek behind The Creekside?
Did it burn the "Potters Field" cemetery up on the hill?
You have your cemeteries mixed up. The pauper cemetery is up off Cathedral Oaks by 154. The cemetery near the Creekside is associated with an old church.
Isn't the cemetery near the Creekside war veterans from the Civil war?...Potters Field is a fenced in area on Dump road near Cathedral Oaks buried there are some of the first residents of Santa Barbara I guess they were poor or they'd be in the Santa Barbara Cemetery...We really should honor our history here even in the old days people were crapped on.
Planned burns are not allowed. Pruning and thinning is not allowed. Our strategy is 100% commitment to unplanned burns like this one. It sounds like nobody got hurt and no property was damaged. Unfortunately, not every unplanned burn will have a good outcome. I wish we could implement a safer approach to managing vegetation before we have a catastrophic fire, but I don’t think voters are willing to allow that. Make sure you have good insurance and be prepared to evacuate.
Nothing new, the Indians knew it and practiced it for thousands of years. True science verified the practice of prescribed burns
Sheriff's out looking for the dude he must be hiding..
They know all about this guy, known as 'Nico.' He has a few local warrants, but has apparently traded up to Arson....he'll turn up. Hope somebody takes care of his two dogs, a husky and mixed breed.
Sad he has dogs..
Planned burns and pruning not allowed is the problem? Managing vegetation? Are you on the same drugs as the "houseless neighbors"?
We never had any of those things in the residential and commercial areas of Santa Barbara, Noleta and Goleta. Want to know what else we didn't have? "Houseless neighbor" fires!
Enough with the "clear the underbrush" nonsense! There has always been underbrush. It's just when our local municipal leaders put out the welcome mat for every "houseless neighbor" to come in and settle that the fires started.
The underbrush is there for reasons. It is a sound barrier for the homes by the freeway, it is a habitat for wildlife, it cools things down, it produces oxygen, it prevents erosion, all positives.
Want to know what isn't there for a reason other than Homeless Inc. and is not a positive in any way? "Houseless neighbors"! Without them, these fires would be minimal to non-existent.
It is time to stop putting the blame on the underbrush and clearly define who is causing the problem and do something about it.
Also, again, it is not the average homeless that are causing these fires, it is the trouble starters that I call "houseless neighbors" and we know who these are.