Cal Fire investigation reveals cause of fires off Interstate 8 in East County

Cal Fire: Vehicle sparked fires

SAN DIEGO - A vehicle is believed to have unintentionally ignited three brush fires along Interstate 8 in the East County Thursday, according to Cal Fire officials.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler told 10News on Friday that the Valley Fire that scorched about 40 acres Thursday evening in the El Cajon/Lakeside area was not intentionally set.

Schuler said an investigation revealed a vehicle sparked the fires, but he did not offer any further details.

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

Ground crews and personnel aboard water-dropping helicopters and air tankers from several agencies worked to stop the spread of the flames, which burned near some structures.

Investigators initially looked into the possibility the fires were started intentionally.

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