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September 28, 2023

Homeless encampment catches fire in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Fire Department responded to a homeless encampment, located near the off-ramp to Walnut Avenue, that caught fire Thursday afternoon.

With the assistance of Cal Fire from Soledad, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported.

Officers temporarily shut down the northbound off-ramp to Walnut Avenue due to poor visibility caused by smoke.

“We understand that this closure may have caused inconveniences for some commuters, and we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during that time,” stated Greenfield Police Department on social media.

The department added, “We recognize that homelessness is a complex issue affecting individuals and families, and it is vitally important that we work together as a community to find sustainable solutions. We encourage everyone to reach out to local shelters, social service agencies, and charitable organizations that offer assistance to those in need.”

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the King City Area office of the California Highway Patrol at 831-387-3800.

A fire burns a homeless encampment in Greenfield on Sept. 14. (Courtesy of Greenfield Police Department)
Due to poor visibility caused by smoke, the northbound off-ramp to Walnut Avenue was temporarily shut down Thursday as firefighters responded to the fire. (Courtesy of Greenfield Police Department)
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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