Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze near Highway 12

By From page A5 | February 05, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield firefighters on Monday quickly knocked down a fire along the Fairfield Streams flood control channel south of Highway 12 near Beck Avenue.

The 10:36 a.m. fire broke out at a homeless encampment, Battalion Chief John Sturdee said. It was about 10-feet by 10 feet and took place in a pile of garbage.

The flood-control channel has vegetation along it that is still dry because of the drought. But the area was damp Monday morning in the wake of Sunday’s rain.

“It was pretty much confined to the pile of garbage,” Sturdee said. “Probably the rain we just got stopped it from spreading.”

Fires at local homeless encampments happen about once a week, Sturdee said. Such fires are fairly common along this stretch of the Fairfield Stream Project, he said.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Skeptic ScroogeFebruary 04, 2014 - 3:41 am

    Was anyone arrested? If unpunished, they will just start another fire. Next time, the outcome could be worse, even deadly. You May think arresting a homeless person is just giving them a meal and place to stay, but jail still is punishment because they cant loiter with their friends in front of Starbucks, deprived of meth, unable to freely rummage through anything in your front yard or vehicle at night, they've got it good here in Fairfield. Make them follow the laws to stay!

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