Fire in Oceanside riverbed contained: 100 acres scorched in bed of San Luis Rey River

Evacuations lifted Wednesday night

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - A riverbed fire in Oceanside scorched about 100 acres but did not threaten any structures, city officials said.

The fire broke out in the bed of the San Luis Rey River, east of College Boulevard, early Wednesday afternoon, according to fire department officials.

At about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, the fire was burning at a "moderate rate of spread," a city official said. The fire was confined to the riverbed and fire personnel responded to the scene.

Twelve hours earlier the fire was reported to be at 50 acres and 20 percent containment. At about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, city officials said all evacuations were lifted. The evacuation center at El Camino High School (400 Rancho Del Oro Road) was also closed.

By Friday morning, the fire was declared fully contained.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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