A transient camp could have been the cause of another fire — this time in Brunswick Basin — we learned this week.
A similar incident happened not too far from our neighborhood behind Pioneer Park in Nevada City in 2014. Last year, a transient (who gave his occupation as “gold digging”) was arrested on felony arson charges after starting a fire in Pioneer Park.
Aware of the risks, I’ve noticed a steady parade of transients walking from the Chevron gas station in Nevada City down to Pioneer Park this spring, complete with their backpacks and other camping gear.
I called the Nevada City police to alert them to the danger. A day later, I got a call back from the city police department thanking me, but saying a transient camp behind Pioneer Park would be in the jurisdiction of the County — and to call them.
So much for public safety collaboration. I asked the police administrator who called to have the Police Chief call me, but I have never heard back.
You can’t make this stuff up!