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Firefighters Battle Vegetation Fire at Homeless Encampment in Unincorporated Oakley

by ECT

At 2:33 pm Friday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District responded to a report of a vegetation fire at Bethel Island Road and Wells Road near the bridge in unincorporated Oakley.

Battalion 5 arrived on scene reporting a 1/2 acre vegetation fire of brush and trees at a homeless encampment. The sheriffs office and the fire investigator were requested to the scene.

Engine 88 (Antioch) and Engine 52 (Brentwood) were the two closest engines available with Engine 53 unavailable.

No structures were threatened.

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ADAM Oct 15, 2021 - 4:12 pm

See? There they go again! SETTING FIRES! These people must be removed from all incorporated and unincorporated area of Oakley as well as adjacent cities. This is no joke or people will take care of this problem their own special way!

Cathy Whitworth Oct 15, 2021 - 5:51 pm

In the last two years there must have been at least 5 fires there.

Phil Oct 15, 2021 - 6:24 pm

It seems like they know who starts the fires but never arrest them. I guess someone will have to die before they do anything.

Jennifer Oct 16, 2021 - 12:24 am

Hmmm really? There is a homeless encampment at or under Bethel Island Bridge? I’ve never seen an encampment there. Gee, They must quickly scatter when I walk my dog around there. Maybe there are one or two homeless folks around but not an encampment. I’m not denying there are homeless who have started fires usually by accident, but it seems like the media blames the homeless on a lot of incidents with out proof.

Dawn Samaniego Oct 17, 2021 - 4:17 am

I was at the scene. Me, my son, and my husband were physically helping to put the fire out because it was it was too close to hennis marina, where we occasionally volunteer our time to do help with mowing the grass and such on the property. I’m not sure how it started, but I do know that there is not a homeless encampment anywhere near there. It is a boat storage yard and and a couple of active marinas. The fire was in a dried up creek bed that separates two different properties. But it was quickly taken care of as a result of the efforts from the fire departments and the local residents that both aided in extinguishing the fire. We came together as a team to make sure that no structures or residents (both humans and animals) would be in harms way. I say thank you to everyone involved.

Street-Sweeper Oct 17, 2021 - 3:40 pm

” homeless ” people are always blamed. Its low hanging fruit.

SEND THEM PACKING Oct 18, 2021 - 8:15 pm

Setting fires “by accident?” Wow! Sure a lot of “accidents’ happening since the vagrants started making themselves at home here. It’s time to do away with these “accidents” permanently!

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