Niland Fire

BluefinCurly

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Aug 15, 2004
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Carl
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Last night about 7:40 a fire started (arson is possible cause) in a field just west of HWY 111 in Niland. Location was between 4th street and Noffsinger.

The field that caught was adjacent to a rancho that had a lot of palms and other brush and trees that were easily ignited (temps would have been about 108 and about 12% RH).

35 mph West winds carried the embers east into town.

Reports are 40 structures burned, mostly homes and trailers, the local elementary school, and I believe the local gas station.

As of 10 am, power was still out to almost 600 residents while the district was inspecting power equipment, and the Imperial Sheriff's Dept was checking all structures to insure everyone was evacuated in time.

I was called last night just before 8pm by a friend in the area, who kept me posted through the night.

I was unable to reach others in town as the phones remain down currently.

There is info available if you google "Niland Fire"
 

Ali

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Apr 24, 2003
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That Guy
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Whoah! That's a hit that little town did not need.