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Blaze spreading after Menlo Park encampment catches fire

Original post made on May 22, 2020

Menlo Park firefighters are currently battling a blaze in a grasslands area at Willow Road on the Baylands after a homeless encampment caught fire, according to multiple social media alerts and fire dispatch.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 22, 2020, 1:07 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by Palo Alto Resident
a resident of another community
on May 22, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Smoke in the air very bad in Palo Alto. Why isn't Palo Alto Weekly reporting this.

Posted by Irvin Chambers
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 22, 2020 at 2:51 pm

The Short/Doyle Act of 1959 is to blame for this. Ask Jerry Brown about this. His father signed it into law.

Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on May 22, 2020 at 2:59 pm

The air in palo alto is very smokey

Posted by Felina
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on May 22, 2020 at 5:51 pm

"Schapelhouman said he is fed up with the situation, which is endangering businesses, homes, wildlife habitat and firefighters as well as the people in the encampments."

I am glad he mentioned wildlife. White tailed kites are common in this area, and grey foxes, and other lovely creatures. And homeless people should have a safe place too.

Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 23, 2020 at 9:18 pm

As I read this article a few things stand out to me:

Booby traps
Makeshift Toilet Pits
Drug Paraphenalia including needles
Hostile Inhabitants who are willing to take on Police

Those things, in addition to the hazard to wildlife and the harm from the smoke tell me that it is time this encampment is cleaned up by the police and permanently put to an end (daily patrols?). Offer the people camping there help for their addictions and a place to stay but if they are not interested don't let them remain there. The fires are a danger to everyone and the booby traps, needles, etc. are a serious danger to the firefighters who have to respond to the fires. Isn't this part of the Facebook property where they want to build Willow Village?

Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on May 26, 2020 at 11:18 am

@Brian - this is adjacent to the "Willow Village" site; it's not part of it.

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