Car Fire Spreads Along I-5 in O'side

Drivers along Interstate 5 north of Oceanside faced delays Thursday after a car fire spread to a hillside between Basilone and Las Pulgas Roads.

According to the California Highway Patrol, someone reported a fire in the bed of a small maroon pickup around 12:20 p.m.

Moments later, they were told it was a vegetation fire and closed several lanes of the highway.

A SigAlert was issued at 12:34 p.m. with the request for closure of all lanes because of the smoke diminishing visibility for highway drivers.

The fire was out about a half hour later but crews were still working on mopping up the area as of 2:00 p.m.

Check our interactive traffic map for highway speeds in the area.

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