Fires in Cooper Court persist, emergency...

Posted at 6:25 PM, Nov 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-24 20:25:33-05

The City of Boise is working on a solution to the homelessness shown at the tent city of Cooper Court.

But right now, fires in the camp are keeping fire fighters busy and business owners worried. Our cameras were there when Boise fire had to put out an open fire in the camp.

It was a response to a complaint.

The man who started the fire, simply going by Steve, said it's the second time in as many days that he's dealt with emergency crews.

"It bothers us for a simple reason,” he said. “We are people like out there so we cook an open like a barbecue, that's a barbecue. A well contained place."

Boise police has said they will begin to cite people in the tent city for violating a number of city ordinances. Officers didn't ticket for this fire and to date we have been unable to confirm if any citations have been written.

In the meantime, police ask the public not to donate food, blankets, or clothing directly to the homeless. They request donations instead go to the shelters to promote sanitary and safe conditions in the area.