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Neighbors concerned after homeless encampments spark fires

Posted at 5:11 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 20:15:34-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Rising temperatures are increasing the wildfire danger in San Diego County. Monday morning's fires near Webster are the third group of fires sparked by homeless people in a matter of months. Neighbors in the area say they are getting nervous.

Edna Wallis has been living in her home for three years. As the weather heats up, she says the brush behind her home becomes a safety hazard.

"I start rinsing the patio when the days are extremely hot and dry," says Wallis. "We rinse it, but it's not much."

Less than five minutes from her home, a fire sparked off Home Avenue early Monday morning. Among brush and a lot of trash, crews worked to put out the flames that started inside of a homeless encampment.

"I'm nervous. I'm very nervous because I'm very close to this area," says Wallis. "All of the neighborhood is dry."

There have been other fires in the area as well. A homeless camp caught fire near I-805 and I-15 last week. A blaze also sparked in the same area in March. This fire slightly backed up traffic as crews work to put the flames out that started inside of a tent.

San Diego Fire and Rescue encourages everyone to report smoke or fires whenever you see them and do not assume some else will call.