Crews Contain Fire Near Old Town

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

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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.

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    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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