Remote town with no fire station fears disaster

Louie Knight served as Bombay Beach’s de facto fire department until his recent death. IVP FILE PHOTO

BOMBAY BEACH – On June 28, 2020 a wind-swept brush fire in Niland quickly spread into a neighborhood and destroyed dozen of dwellings, leaving numerous families homeless, and that was even with an Imperial County Fire Department station located in town.

At Tuesday’s county Board of Supervisors meeting, a Bombay Beach woman said because the hamlet on the shore of the Salton Sea 18 miles north of Niland has no fire department of its own, its residents shudder when thinking of what might happen there.

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