Brush fire on El Cajon hillside under control

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.

CHP officials told 10News they are looking into the possibility the fires were started intentionally.

A shopping center close to the fire near Greenfield Drive was not evacuated, 10News learned.

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