River-bottom brush fire near Holtville threatens several homes and businesses, cause unknown

August 23, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — More than 20 firefighters from throughout the Imperial Valley battled a river-bottom brush fire here Wednesday that threatened several homes and businesses.

The fire erupted before 7 p.m. near the Alamo River and Highway 115.

The cause of the fire was unavailable this morning.

Imperial County fire Capt. Bradley Garrison said the Holtville Fire Department called for a second-alarm mutual aid response and county fire crews responded shortly before 7:30 p.m.

Holtville and county firefighters later were joined by crews from the El Centro and Calexico fire departments.

Garrison said the fire burned a quarter-mile stretch of the river bottom, adding the concern was there were homes and businesses not far from the blaze.

He said some of the crews were assigned to structure protection.

"They did a good job out there," he said.

While no residential or business structures were damaged, a storage shed in the river bottom was destroyed.


Garrison said county fire crews were released from the scene shortly before 11 p.m.

Specific information on when the fire was extinguished was unavailable this morning.

Holtville fire crews were back at the scene this morning working to prevent hot spots from sparking a new blaze.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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