Brush fire halts traffic on southbound I-15
Firefighters contain a 6 to 8 acre fire near Deer Springs Road
Southbound lanes of the I-15 were closed for approximately 10 minutes as fire crews extinguished the blaze. Photos by Ray Flores
September 02, 2013A brush fire in the center divide of Interstate 15 one mile south of Deer Springs Road exit brought southbound traffic to a halt on Monday afternoon.
The fire was first reported around 4:10 p.m. It started as several spot fires along the right shoulder before spreading to the median of the freeway. All southbound lanes were closed for approximately 10 minutes as fire crews extinguished the blaze.
By 4:50 p.m., two southbound lanes remained closed, as well as one northbound lane.
No structures were threatened and the fire on the side of the freeway is holding at 6 to 8 acres, according to Cal Fire.
The fire was 100 percent controlled as of Tuesday evening.
Cal Fire Ramona Incidence Supervisor Burke Kremensky stated that the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Units were called in from all over the county along with Cal Fire bombers and helicopters.
As of 6:30 p.m., only two of the southbound lanes remained shut down. The Gopher Canyon Road onramp to I-15 was also shut down, according to TV station San Diego 10.
Cal Fire says the fire is holding at about 6 acres. Crews will remain on scene for the next six to seven hours to mop hot spots.
No structures were threatened and no injuries have been reported.