A small fire at a homeless encampment lit up the future site of the flood control dry bypass Saturday night, the Napa Fire Department reported.
The department received a call just after 6:50 p.m. regarding an odor of smoke in the area of Soscol Avenue, between First Street and Pearl Street, the department said. A ladder truck was sent to the scene and firefighters discovered a good amount of smoke billowing from under the Soscol bridge, prompting firefighters to call an engine and battalion truck.
Firefighters initially had some trouble accessing the yet-to-be-constructed bypass and had to cut a lock that was securing a gate leading into the area, authorities said. The ladder truck was stationed on Soscol Avenue, just north of First Street, and the engine was positioned near the flood control offices.
The No. 2 northbound lane of Soscol was closed while firefighters put out the debris fire, authorities said. The fire burned some wood and materials left there after the bridge’s construction, but did not cause any significant damage to the area, officials said.
The fire was likely caused by a homeless encampment under the bridge, the department said. Firefighters cleaned up the burn site, but biohazards and other items located there will be removed by another city department.