L.A. City approves ordinance to allow law enforcement to remove homeless from high-risk fire zones

The Los Angeles City Council approved a proposed ordinance on Wednesday that will give law enforcement the authority to order homeless people out of encampments located in brush areas on high-risk fire days.

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Under the proposal, the enforcement would be addressed in three tiers. The first would be during no-risk days when the Los Angeles Fire Department would provide fire education materials for people in the areas. The second would be during red-flag days when law enforcement would be permitted to remove people. The third would be an enforcement response during a brush fire emergency.

The danger of homeless encampments in high-risk fire areas was highlighted July 30th when a blaze tore through brush in the Sepulveda Basin where at least 100 homeless people were living in a makeshift encampment.