June 11, 2021

2020 Oakland Homeless Camp Firesdata from public records request

Oakland’s Fire Department started recording homeless camp fires with their own, separate code almost two years ago. Earlier this summer, I filed a public records request to the City of Oakland for the data for 2020 and 2021 to date. A couple hours’ worth of analysis of the 2020 data:

The department recorded 597 homeless camp fires in 2020.

More fires happen in winter than summer:

Here’s each fire mapped as a point:

And here they are as crude polygons, approximating a heat map:

The raw data from the city lists streets addresses and intersections. I geolocated first with Geloky, then by hand.

The main combined data file for 2020 is here.

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