CAJON PASS — The Imperial County fire strike team was sent to a fire here Wednesday that already burned 6,700 acres and three homes and is threatening several more.
The strike team, made up of five fire engines and 21 firefighters from departments in Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, Yuma, El Centro and Centinela State Prison, was dispatched shortly after 10 p.m. to the fire dubbed the "Louisiana Fire," said El Centro Fire Chief Charles Beard.
The team left the Valley around midnight and arrived at the fire around 4 this morning.
The fire reportedly started around 4 p.m. Wednesday when a car burst into flames in the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 near Highway 138. The fire spread to nearby fields and quickly headed north to the city of Wrightwood.