Crews stop brush fire near Aurora Drive, I-8 business in Lakeside

LAKESIDE, Calif. - A wildfire briefly threatened homes on a Lakeside-area hillside Wednesday, but crews were able to gain control of the flames.

The so-called Aurora Fire was reported at about 5 p.m., and a Sig Alert was issued for the area. I-8 business from Pepper Drive to Los Coches Road was closed due to the fire.

More than 1,300 nearby homes and business received phone calls from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department telling residents to evacuate to a safe location.

The flames moved toward mobile homes and other residences but caused no reported structural damage, fire department spokeswoman Monica Zech said.

Within 90 minutes, ground crews made good progress toward extinguishing the blaze, she said. Shortly after, the Lakeside Fire Protection District tweeted that the forward progress of the fire had been stopped.

At about 7:40 p.m., officials announced that all evacuees were allowed to return to their homes. The temporary evacuation center at El Capitan High School was closed after officials gave the all-clear.

The fire burned about 17 acres, 10News learned.

No air support was available for the effort due to the array of other fires burning across the San Diego region.

Officials with the San Diego County Office of Education say the Lakeside Union School District will be closed on Thursday due to the fires.

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