Crews Contain Fire Near Old Town

San Diego County is currently under a red flag warning due to dry, windy conditions

By Monica Garske
|  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014  |  Updated 10:48 PM PDT
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Dry, Windy Conditions Spur Red Flag Warning

Although San Diego County is smack dab in the middle of winter right now, extra dry, windy conditions have sparked a red flag warning in the region. NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe reports.

Dagmar Midcap's Forecast for January 14, 2014

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A brush fire that burned near Old Town San Diego Wednesday night has been knocked down, authorities confirmed.

Fire officials said the blaze – which burned in trees and vegetation – sparked around 6 p.m. on Morena Boulevard, near Interstate 5. By 6:15 p.m., the fire had burned approximately half an acre.

Firefighters were able to knock it out by 7:15 p.m., holding the blaze to that half-acre mark. Officials said the fire proved difficult to tackle due to the heavy brush in the riverbed where it sparked.

While crews worked to contain the blaze, officials shut down Morena Boulevard off-ramp on westbound Interstate 8. Taylor Street was also temporarily blocked off.

As of 7:15 p.m., officials expected Morena Boulevard to remain closed for at least another hour.

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Given the recent dry, windy weather, San Diego has been under a red flag warning for increased fire conditions this week. A wind advisory remains in effect in the county through 2 p.m. Thursday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Check back for updates on this developing story.

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