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LA plan to make it easier to clear homeless from fire zones

September 5, 2019
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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, Los Angeles Fire Department Arson Counter-Terrorism investigators check a burned-out homeless camp after a brush fire erupted in the hills in Elysian Park near downtown Los Angeles. The L.A. City Council has approved a plan that would allow police to order homeless people out of encampments during days of high fire risk. The rules passed unanimously on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 apply to areas with "significant fire hazards" including Griffith Park, the Santa Monica Mountains and swaths of northeast Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, Los Angeles Fire Department Arson Counter-Terrorism investigators check a burned-out homeless camp after a brush fire erupted in the hills in Elysian Park near downtown Los Angeles. The L.A. City Council has approved a plan that would allow police to order homeless people out of encampments during days of high fire risk. The rules passed unanimously on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 apply to areas with "significant fire hazards" including Griffith Park, the Santa Monica Mountains and swaths of northeast Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council has approved a plan that would allow police to order homeless people out of encampments during days of high fire risk.

The rules passed unanimously on Wednesday apply to areas with “significant fire hazards” including Griffith Park, the Santa Monica Mountains and swaths of northeast Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Fire officials map the areas based on multiple factors including vegetation and terrain.

Under the new rules, Los Angeles police officers will ask people to clear out of encampments on days when Red Flag warnings are posted for high fire danger. Workers with the city’s Homeless Services Authority will help place them into shelters.

Those who don’t comply could face a fine or arrest.

Officials will also clean up at encampments to reduce fire risks.

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