Brush Fire Closes Oceanside Harbor, Delays Trains

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A brush fire broke out near the Oceanside Harbor Tuesday morning, according to the Oceanside Fire Department.

Firefighters confirmed the blaze in a tweet at 10:36 a.m. Two hours later, the fire was out.

"A bunch of people ran back to their cars because they thought their cars were on fire," said Randall Gunther, surfer.

"How are the fireman going to get their equipment down in there? Because there's no access. That was my first thought," said Ted Pendleton, Oceanside fisherman.

In a photo of the scene, white smoke could be seen billowing from brush running along the inside of the harbor.

At 10:51 a.m., crews confirmed the fire had been contained, and firefighters were extinguishing the blaze. A total of nine engines were used to fight the fire.

The Oceanside Police Department said the Oceanside Harbor was closed to vehicle traffic as crews continued to work.

The Oceanside Fire Department said battling the fire involved the rail bridge in the area, which may cause significant delays. Police said the service was "halted for the next couple of hours." A part of the bridge infrastructure caught on fire but officials said it was only "superficial damage."

"The main problems were we had the train tracks bisecting the middle of the fire so we had to have units in two physical locations to try to deal with it and also to protect the structure of the train," said David Parsons, Division Chief, City of Oceanside Fire Dept.

The Oceanside Fire Department and the Oceanside Police Department responded to the scene.

"We know where the origin is and there are signs of human activity in the area," said Parsons.

No other information was available.

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