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Four-alarm fire burns brush in river bottom

August 28, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — A brush fire at the bottom of the Alamo River kept several local fire departments busy for several hours.

The fire that burned through the bottom of the Alamo River near 1597 East Alamo Road here required 14 engines and 52 firefighters to be extinguished.

Holtville Fire Chief Charles Cariveau said his department received the call about the fire about noon.

As Holtville crews battled the fire, it was evident more manpower was needed because of the high temperatures, said Cariveau.

Engine crews from the Calexico, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial County, Westmorland, Calipatria, Ocotillo, Brawley and Mexicali fire departments and from Centinnela and Calipatria state prisons helped battle the fire.

Cariveau said the fire was a four-alarm fire. Fire officials were not sure how much acreage was burned because there had been a similar fire nearby last week, so they were not able to determine where the old fire ended and where the new fire began.


He said some structures were endangered by the blaze, including a packing shed and some residences, but no structures were damaged.

Holtville fire crews arrived back at their station around midnight.

Cariveau said the fire is considered suspicious and is under investigation.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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