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County firefighting strike team may leave Cajon Pass blaze today

June 28, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

CAJON PASS — The Imperial County firefighting strike team might be released today from a fire here that has consumed 6,237 acres and destroyed three homes. Dozens of residents were evacuated.

El Centro Fire Capt. Steve Wilson said firefighters from other counties have been released from the fire and the team from the Valley could be sent home today.

The county strike team was providing structure protection to homes in Wrightwood north of Interstate 15 and Highway 138, where the fire was sparked from an overheated vehicle that burst into flames.


The fire was 30 percent contained as of Thursday evening after strong winds calmed down according to reports.

Wilson said he talked to the team this morning and said they are tired but in good shape. None of the firefighters in the county's strike team have reported any injuries.

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. Wednesday to the fire dubbed the "Louisiana Fire."

The evacuated residents live near the scenic area known as Mormon Rocks along Highway 138. About 50 fire trucks took up positions six miles east of the blaze Thursday around Wrightwood.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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