Interstate 15 driver captures early moments of Lilac Fire breaking out in San Diego

Posted at 4:56 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 19:56:28-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A motorist on Interstate 15 captured the early moments the Lilac Fire sparked in the Bonsall area.

Fire crews can be seen in the video on the scene soon as smoke pours into the sky. Nobody could guess, however, that the brush fire would erupt into a massive blaze, destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands to evacuate.

The cause of the blaze -- which broke out amid a Red Flag warning slated to expire Sunday night -- was not immediately clear.