Fire Burns Near Plaza Bonita

By R. Stickney, Michelle Rivera and Christina London
|  Monday, Dec 9, 2013  |  Updated 9:44 PM PDT
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Video of the small brush fire that caused traffic near the I-805/SR-54 interchange on Monday morning.

Video of the small brush fire that caused traffic near the I-805/SR-54 interchange on Monday morning.

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A brush fire burning near a highway interchange south of San Diego produced large amounts of smoke Monday morning.

The fire started around 10:30 a.m. in a canyon along northbound Interstate 805 just south of State Route 54, near Plaza Bonita.

The fire caused a traffic backup in Chula Vista.

According to the Chula Vista Fire Department, the blaze started in a homeless encampment. The battalion chief said these types of vegetation fires are common, especially when temperatures get colder.

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