Watch: Brush Fire Prompts Evacuation Warnings in Lakeside

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Willow Fire Details as of 11 a.m. Thursday

  • Location: State Route 67 and Willow Road
  • Evacuation Warnings: Residents near SR-67 and Willow Road.
  • Road Closures: SR-67 offramps in Lakeside; Lakeside Avenue between SR-67 and Channel Road will remain closed through the night
  • Evacuation Point: Lakeside Christian Church at 13739 El Monte Road

A brush fire that sparked along State Route 67 in Lakeside prompted evacuation warnings for residents living near the highway and Willow Road.

The fire was reported at around 3:45 p.m. in a brush area underneath an overpass along the highway and was under control at about 6:20 p.m., San Diego County Fire Chief John Jordan said.

SkyRanger 7 flew over the blaze and saw firefighters extinguishing flames on both sides of the freeway. There were also several tents set up in the area, and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said there is a known homeless encampment there. Firefighters were trying to stop the flames from spreading to a nearby yard full of wooden pallets.

Firefighters remained on scene through the night to increase containment on the blaze. Jordan expected their efforts to be completed at about 1 p.m. on Thursday.

The fire prompted an evacuation warning but no order was ever issued. An evacuation point was set up at Lakeside Christian Church for those who voluntarily wanted to leave their homes.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

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