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Unrelated brush blazes keep fire crews busy

August 10, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Imperial Valley firefighters fought two brush fires east and southeast of here Thursday.

The first fire broke out sometime before 11:41 a.m. in the area of Shank and East Highline Canal roads, said Imperial County Fire Department Capt. John Green.

The county department responded by sending four engines with 14 firefighters but later called for assistance from fire crews from Calipatria, Brawley and Centinela State Prison, Green said. An additional county rig was brought in and the Salvation Army provided water for the firefighters, Green said.

Green said additional personnel were needed to extinguish the fire because of the winds.

It took crews an hour to control the fire and another seven hours to mop it up, Green said.

No structures were in danger of being burned in the 50-acre fire and no injuries were reported, Green said.

The second brush fire, this one further south, broke out around 10:30 p.m. in the area of Finney Road.


Few details were available about the second fire, according to Green, though he did say Brawley and Holtville Fire Departments assisted county firefighters in battling the blaze. No injuries were reported in that fire, either, Green said.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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