Fire burns homeless encampment in San Luis Obispo

June 14, 2022


A fire burned at a homeless camp near the San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge on Monday, with flames coming close to motorhomes and trailers.

A caller reported the blaze shortly before 5 p.m. at a homeless camp off of Elks Lane. Firefighters contained the blaze to 20 square feet and kept it from spreading to the motorhomes and trailers, according to the San Luis Obispo Fire Department.

No one suffered any injuries as a result of the fire, and it did not damage any structures. Cal Fire personnel assisted SLO city firefighters with extinguishing the blaze.

An investigation into the fire is ongoing.

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Remember when Americans wanted clean water and a clean environment? There was a time once when the City of SLO made an effort to protect and preserve the waterways and riparian environments that meander through the city. They regarded them as worthy, quiet, restorative oasis for fish, wildlife and the largest trees. It was understood those natural, cool, green corridors are critically important not only for sustained wildlife populations but also for their role in the hydrologic cycle, replenishing surface waters as well as subterranean aquifers. Adventures abounded for the city’s children as they could safely play and explore in the easily accessible enchanting ribbons of nature’s ready-made parks. Remember those days before we turned our backs on their protection and our riparian environments were relegated to vast unregulated encampments of abuse, waste, drugs, crime, litter, pollution and uncontrolled fires? Yeah, good times.

Someone should have told those people that Burning Man is not happening for a couple months!

20 square feet would be 4′ x 5′ looks more like 20′ x 20′ = 400 square feet or larger.

Good job on the fire, not so good on the math.