Brawley has string of dumpster fires

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BRAWLEY – The City of Brawley experienced a rash of alley fires right on the heels of what was hoped the end of a stressful time in the city with the arrest of four teens on arson charges.

Eleven fires were reported Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

These fires, referred to as rubbish fires, were started in dumpsters in the alleys behind residential homes and commercial businesses.

Some fires were started in trash that was piled up in the alleys not in containers.

Some fences and trees were damaged in these events.

“The frequency of these fires is alarming,” said Brawley City Manager Rosanna Bayon Moore. “We take these very seriously. We are going to emphasize reduction of fire hazards in the alleys behind businesses and residences.”

The city is trying to get the Fire Marshall position back for the next fiscal year to help with code enforcement.

“The Police and Fire Departments continue to investigate these matters,” said Moore. “It’s unclear at this time whether they are related to one another or separate events. We encourage the public to be mindful of their surroundings and do their best to reduce opportunities for fire hazards to be taken advantage of by someone with less than good intentions.”