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[KHTS] – The Warm Fire in Castaic that burned about 300 acres was the result of arson, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators.

The Warm Fire began around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, in the area near the Warm Springs Rehab Center on Lake Hughes Road in Castaic, according to Angeles National Forest officials.

“We’re working with several other agencies including the Forestry Department to identify the suspect or suspects and to determine the (specific) cause,” Sgt. Robert Boese with the LASD Arson and Explosives Unit.

No civilian injuries were reported, according to ANF.

During the fight to contain the fire, two firefighters were relived of their duties due to injuries and about 170 personnel worked to extinguish the fire, while battling rough and steep terrain.

The fire, which was located near Lake Hughes Road, burned six structures, according to ANF officials.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department employed two helicopters and a DC-10 air tanker were used to fight the fire.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Forestry Department are continuing their investigation to identify the suspect or suspects, and cause.

 

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  1. Isn’t it a shame that those empty boarded up buildings couldn’t house homeless folks

    • Doug Henslee Doug Henslee says:

      They probably already do, how do you think the fire started?
      Two sticks were cold and decided to rub themselves together to stay warm?

    • I’m talking about opening it up and organizing the area to offer housing to those in need so they aren’t building fires in the surrounding areas to keep warm. I’m well aware that it was most likely started by someone starting a fire in the bushes or some small out building; doubt it was they homeless as they have enough brains to rip the wood off the buildings windows to gain entry rather than huddle outside.

    • Natalie says:

      That’s a wonderful idea that will never happen. Santa Clarita doesn’t have homeless people don’t you know. (sarcasm)

    • Shelters already exist in nearby cities…for those homeless souls that truly need the “shelter” & assistance to get back on their feet. 😕

    • There are not enough shelters and/or they are not in areas that the homeless prefer as many still use the wash, dumpster enclosures etc. This place may be more of the type of setting that would benefit some of them and currently it is not being used for anything.

    • Shipping homeless people 20 miles away into a remote part of the forest with no county services & job centers or schools – where Warm Springs is – would not serve them and would not work, even if they could get there. The place could be (could have been) used for a commune, which our homeless population isn’t.

    • I agree Debbi. And SCVTV do you honestly think there aren’t homeless (or people in danger of becoming homeless) out there already? Some homeless people have cars (and live in them). People you encounter every day may be homeless unbeknownst to you. Providing additional access to help does not have to involve “shipping” people like freight. You run into other issues such as staffing, cost of supplies, electricity, etc. but it’s the business side that is the problem, not the lack of need.

    • Thank you Melynda, It’s nice to see that some of us still think outside the box to obtain reachable goals.

    • Tami Marie Tami Marie says:

      Pretty sure in this story I just read it does not state anything about how it started, just that it’s being investigated as Arson. One shouldn’t just assume it was started by a homeless person.

    • Eric Heberer Eric Heberer says:

      Is he awake bring him down out back

  2. Anonymous says:

    Alison – was this the fire we saw on the way home from Beth’s?

  3. They have a security guard 24/7 , right by those buildings

  4. Ckay Walker Ckay Walker says:

    Arson is intentionally setting fire for the purpose of destroying and burning. Not for warmth or physical need.

  5. Bob Porter says:

    Majority of homeless would not go there, there are no liquor stores or close in drug dealers. Again I say the majority not all homeless.

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