SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A brush fire broke out near a homeless encampment at the corner of Stowell and Bradley Road in Santa Maria.
“Initial crews found a fire burning down in the embankment on the still overpass, about a 50 by 50 foot spot and heavy fuels," said Tony Clayburg with the Santa Maria Fire Department.
The fire broke out Monday morning at 8:20 a.m. according to Santa Maria Fire.
"I just saw big yellow orange clouds coming from what I thought was In-N-Out," said Ashley Plan, who lives in Santa Maria.
There was a tent, shopping carts, and clothing items in the embankment on Stowell road near where the fire happened.
"I'm thinking that some people who are camping out right there probably were trying to cook something and fell asleep," said Plan, recalling what she saw.
Santa Maria City Fire said this was not the first time a fire has broken out in the area.