Imperial County Fire Department (ICFD) confirmed the body of a deceased victim was discovered at the Niland Fire scene Monday, June 29. The case was turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) and is pending an investigation, according to a county press release.

The ICFD responded to a brush fire near the township of Niland at approximately 6:30 p.m. June 28. The fire, which began on the west side of Highway 111 quickly escalated due to high winds experienced in the area.

Personnel from the ICSO, California Highway Patrol, US Border Patrol, and law enforcement personnel from the cities of Calipatria, Brawley, and Imperial assisted with evacuations and protecting the safety and welfare of the people within the impacted area. Fire units from all stations within Imperial County, along with units from neighboring Yuma, Arizona and Type 1 and Type 3 strike teams from San Diego County, worked through the night to contain the fire.

The ICFD’s investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire. Personnel from Imperial County Planning and Development Services are currently assessing the site to determine the number of building structures that were lost. 

A Local Assistance Center (LAC) has been established by the County of Imperial and other local agencies at Calipatria High School — Wirt Auditorium to assist displaced individuals and families with their immediate needs. For general questions regarding the LAC, the public is encouraged to call (442) 265-6060.    

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