The Imperial County Fire Department is battling a fire in the New River bottom near Derrick and Campbell Roads.
The fire was reported late Monday afternoon and moved rapidly through dense brush in the river bottom. Several county roads in the area have been closed because of the fire. Diehl Road at Derrick is closed as is Drew Road between Rio Bend and Diehl and Derrick Road between Diehl and Evan Hewes Highway. Fire equipment from throughout the Valley are on the scene. Winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour have hampered firefighting efforts.