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Brush Fire In Mission Valley Largely Contained

A fire of unknown origin raced up a steep, brushy hillside between Interstate 8 and University Heights today, forcing evacuations of homes and businesses but causing no reported structural damage.

Within an hour, crews on the fire lines and aboard a water-dropping helicopter had largely stopped the spread of the flames. However, an SDFD dispatcher said at 4:30 p.m. that flames have flared up again on the east side of the fire.

A brush fire broke out Thursday, July 15, 2010 in Mission Valley on the south side of Interstate 8 in San Diego, CA.
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Above: A brush fire broke out Thursday, July 15, 2010 in Mission Valley on the south side of Interstate 8 in San Diego, CA.

The blaze began spreading off the 400 block of Camino del Rio North in Mission Valley shortly before 2:30 p.m. and spread rapidly up the steep slope to the south, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Police and emergency personnel cleared people out of a hotel and several other commercial structures at the base of the hill and evacuated homes at the top, around Madison Avenue and Massachusetts Street, a dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said a strike team is in place to protect homes at the top of the hill in University Heights.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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