The third in a string of recent fires broke out Thursday morning near a San Jose golf course, and investigators believe the cause is likely related to homeless camps stationed in the area.
The third fire in 11 days began in the woods nearby Los Lagos Golf Course, off Capitol Expressway. Twenty firefighters used 600 feet of hose to control 2,500 square feet of heavy, dry brush and grass burning in the creek bed.
One man refused to leave his tent in the affected area, amongst piles of copper wire casings and garbage littering the site of the fire, which was quickly contained.
San Jose Fire Department Chief Battalion Jeff Welch has warned the City Council about the probable cause of the frequent fires, saying, “There are homeless encampments in the area. The cause is under investigation, but it could be that the fire got away from a camper there.”
No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened by the fire, officials said.