According to a recently released California Public Records Act request, LAFD responded to a total of 5,373 homeless-related “Outside Rubbish/Trash Fire” calls in 2021. The report also states that the related incidents caused $2,837,133 in total property and contents damage or loss throughout the year.
These numbers do not factor in any Building or Structure Fires related to homelessness. Homeless related structure fires totaled closer to $31 million in damages throughout 2021, according to the LAFD report.
According to LAIT911, LAFD responds to on average 86 garbage fire related calls each day. The garbage fire calls that come in tend to be centered within their own hotspots. Just a few major hotposts around the Los Angeles area include:
- S Main St / E Washington Blvd (Downtown LA)
- W Florence Ave / I- 110 (South LA)
- E 7th St / Camulos St (Boyle Heights)
- S Hoover St / S Burlington Ave (Pico Union)
- W Washington Blvd / I- 10 (Pico Union)
- I- 10 / S la Cienega Blvd (Mid City)
- Magnolia Blvd / Hollywood Fwy (Toluca Lake)
- N Mission Rd / US Hwy 101 (Lincoln Heights)
- Roscoe Blvd / Balboa Pl (Northridge)
- W Cottage Home St / Bishops Rd (Elysian Park)
- W Florence Ave / S Flower St (Vermont Knolls)
These fires not only pose a significant risk to property and life, but are a nuisance call for LAFD to respond to. Generally, by the time LAFD arrives on-scene, the arson suspect is already gone, and if there is no “significant” property damage or injuries, the fire goes un-investigated.
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