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Homeless Outreach Team educates population about dangers of campfires

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- As cooler temperatures hit Colorado Springs, people who find themselves homeless find ways to keep themselves warm.

But cooking and warming fires come with dangers, and it's part of the Colorado Springs Police Department Homeless Outreach Team's goal to remind the homeless population of just how dangerous they can be.

"We do see fires regularly. We've cited a few folks for having open fires. There is a burn ban in this county like in most counties here in the state because of the fact that things can go up pretty quick," said Sgt. Olav Chaney with the HOT team.

Already this season we've had a wildfire originate from a homeless camp. Although still unknown what exactly caused the Manitou Incline Fire, it burned an acre near the Barr Trail.

"We do see fires regularly. We've cited a few folks for having open fires. There is a burn ban in this county like in most counties here in the state because of the fact that things can go up pretty quick," he said.

Colorado Springs / Local News

Alexis Dominguez

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  1. Really?! Did they think that these grown adults didn’t know? Isn’t hypothermia also just as dangerous? Some of the homeless simply will not conform to the laws and ordinances. This wasn’t a Public Service Announcement, this was a warning, simply advising if they create a fire, and it gets out of control, they will be charged with Arson. No one wants their freedoms taken away, even if it is for 3 hots and a cot. But some simply not conform to the requirements of the homeless shelters as well because they choose to not be screened for warrants and sobriety. Additionally, this was an attempt to locate the person if interest related to the fire on the Manitou Incline.

    “Fire Bad!”

    1. Don’t forget than most homeless people have problems that go much deeper than not having a roof over their heads, and their concept of right and wrong may be totally different from that of most other people. So education won’t necessarily work without addressing the more fundamental mental health problems associated with homelessness.

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