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Capitol Hill Encampment Fire Burns Trees Along I-5

Capitol Hill Fire Update

Saturday morning, neighbors reported a huge homeless encampment fire in a wooded area. It could also be seen by drivers along I-5. Once again, Seattle firefighters (@SeattleFire) trekked their way up the hill at the corner of Melrose Ave E & E Roy St. Flames were extinguished. Unclear how this fire started. No one was at the encampment when I arrived. None of the neighbors wanted to go on camera but told me they’re frustrated by all the new tents popping up in Capitol Hill. No sign of Councilmember Kshama Sawant (@cmkshama.) She’s already checked out.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.