The El Centro Fire Department faced extra challenges Saturday night as they battled a fire on mostly empty land more than one-half mile from the nearest hydrant.
The fire, which broke out east of the Broken Spoke RV Park around 5:30 p.m., consumed piles of tree trimmings that had been dumped there, said El Centro Fire Department Battalion Chief Bill DuBois.
Those trimmings supplied ample fuel to the fire, which imbedded itself deep within the piles, making it difficult for fire fighters to reach anything but surface flames, DuBois said.
To further impede firefighters' progress was the lack of a nearby fire hydrant. Imperial County Fire Department sent a water tender, a tanker truck carrying 1,000 gallons of water, to the scene.