skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Multiple Brush Fires In East County Under Control

Above: Smoke from the brush fire burning off the 8 East in El Cajon.

EL CAJON, Calif. — Three brush fires erupted in quick succession alongside a roughly 10-mile stretch of Interstate 8 in the East County Thursday, quickly blackening dozens of acres and threatening some homes.

The fires began spreading shortly before 5:30 p.m. near Greenfield Drive, Los Coches Road and Dunbar Lane, according to Cal Fire. The flames moved up slopes through heavy vegetation, moving in the direction of some residences, said Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

Ground crews and personnel aboard water-dropping helicopters and air tankers were making good progress in halting the flames, Mohler said.

The fires are holding at just over 40 acres and the threat to structures has been mitigated.

No structures were damaged in the blaze and no injuries were reported.

10News is a KPBS media partner. You can read the news organization's latest stories at 10News.com

Please stay on topic and be as concise as possible. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Community Discussion Rules. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus