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Brush Fire Closes I-8 Freeway Near SDSU

A firefighter battles a brush fire off I-8 near SDSU, June 3, 2018.
Susan Murphy
A firefighter battles a brush fire off I-8 near SDSU, June 3, 2018.

Update 9:18 p.m., June 3, 2018

CalTrans reports that three westbound lanes of Interstate 8 have been re-opened to traffic, with the two right lanes remaining closed due to fire operations.

The San Diego County Emergency website reports, "Per SDPD evacuations have been lifted and residents are being allowed back into the area with proof of Identification."

KPBS media partner 10News reports 38 acres were burned in the fire.

Update 6:18 p.m. June 3, 2018

CalTrans now reports westbound Interstate 8 is now closed from State Route 125 to Waring Rd. The northbound and southbound SR-125 connectors to westbound I-8 are closed as well. CalTrans says at this time, eastbound I-8 remains open to traffic.

Update 5:43 p.m., June 3, 2018:

A spokesman for the San Diego Fire Department said the brush fire is now approximately eight and a half acres, and is only expected to spread a few more acres.

Jose Ysea said firefighters are trying to defend a structure at the end of Adobe Falls Road. He said multiple helicopters are being used to fight the fire.

Ysea confirmed that some residents have left their homes, but said there is no mandatory evacuation in place. He said San Diego Police have set up an evacuation center at Patrick Henry High School.

Fire officials are asking people to avoid the area.

Original story:

A brush fire in Del Cerro has closed Interstate 8 near San Diego State University, CalTrans has reported.

The fire broke out at approximately 4 p.m., and is threatening homes along Adobe Falls Road. San Diego police confirm there are evacuations underway, but could not provide details.

A San Diego fire department public information officer is en route to the scene.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.