BRAWLEY — More than 30 firefighters from eight fire departments battled a wind-driven blaze that destroyed some 40 trailers of cotton at a business east of here.
Throughout the day and into the night fire crews worked to prevent flames from leaping to nearby buildings in the Planters Ginning Co. on Highway 78 near Highway 115.
Hampering efforts were winds whipping through the area at 15 mph along with a lack of water in the remote area, where crews had to depend on canal water to keep up the fight against the blaze.
The fire erupted about 1 p.m. and Imperial County Fire Department Capt. Lon Hettinger said it is thought that one trailer was brought into the Planters yard already smoldering.