SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A brush fire erupted off northbound Interstate 15 near Friars Road Monday morning, but a quick response by fire crews on the ground and in the air prevented the blaze from reaching nearby homes.
The fire broke out just before 7:45 a.m. and the response prompted the closure of at least one freeway lane. A Sig Alert was issued at 8:20 a.m. as traffic began to back up in the area, mostly from vehicles slowing down or stopping to view the fire.
Just before 9 a.m., crews were able to contain the fire to two acres burned. The fire burned up an embankment and close to several homes, but crews were able to stop the spread of the flames.
No evacuations were ordered during the firefighting effort, and no structure damage and injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but fire officials told 10News similar freeway fires are caused by human error -- such as tossing a cigarette out of a window -- or cars backfiring.