Homeless encampments a fire hazard

A grass fire consumed most of a homeless encampment at the Guadalupe River Trail and Hwy 237.


When you think about it, humans were all homeless fifty thousand years ago. We’ve come a long way since the stone age, but homelessness still has its place in our society.

A scorched field next to a homeless encampment along the Guadalupe River trail at Hwy 237 brought this sad reality into focus once again during my bike ride.

The grass fire broke out Thursday afternoon around 2:30, cause unknown. KPIX 5 has some footage, no audio.

I reported this encampment to San Jose officials in December 2017, but what can they do?

Meanwhile, there’s also dredging underway along the river that will close the trail occasionally near Montague Expressway. The other side of the river has a dirt road that can be used during closures.

I hope the dredging takes into account all the turtles living in this location. I’ve seen more than a dozen at a time along the shore.

One Response to “Homeless encampments a fire hazard”

  1. Robert Neff Says:

    Why does “Homelessness have its place in our society”? It is not organic. It is because we have created the conditions for it. We, as a community in Silicon Valley, have not created enough housing. It is everyone’s fault that so many in our community (and a lot of them!) cannot find any place to live. It should be embarrassing to us all. It certainly is to me.

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