Holtville Fire Department Strike Team Deploys to San Diego Fires

Alamo River Fire 014The Holtville Fire Department, led by Marcos Cornejo with a crew of Edward Monninger, Oscar Garza, and Fabian Ramirez, has responded to the Strike Team call to assist in the fires that are currently burning in the San Diego area.
Our Fire Department is part of the Imperial Valley Strike Team. This team consists of 1 engine and 4 personal from each department. The Imperial Valley has 2 different units. Holtville is part of Unit 1, along with the cities of El Centro, Calexico, Brawley, and the Imperial County. They are always on call for fire emergencies throughout the state of California.
Chief Silva was put on alert on Tuesday as fires broke out in several areas in the San Diego region. Holtville Fire Department, along with the Imperial County StrikeTeam Unit 1, was called to assist on Wednesday afternoon around 4 o’clock. They are currently assisting at the fire in Carlsbad.
The so-called Poinsettia Fire broke out for unknown reasons shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road, just east of El Camino Real. Winds quickly pushed the flames about 400 acres and west toward neighborhoods and some high-tech businesses.
The Firefighters worked through the night, cutting containment lines around 60 percent of a wind-driven brush fire that forced thousands of evacuations and destroyed more than two dozen residential units in Carlsbad, officials said Thursday morning.
About 300 firefighters were working Thursday trying to complete a containment line around the fire. The eastern area of the fire was still not controlled, but crews had prevented the fire from growing. Heavy winds and extreme heat are expected to continue through Saturday. As of Thursday afternoon there were 9 separate fires burning in the San Diego area.