San Diego

Vegetation Fire Sends Cloud of Smoke Near Downtown

A fire burned a small area near a church and a preschool center in the area of 28th Street and State Route 94 on Monday.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department crews and California Highway Patrol officers were called to the area for a vegetation fire.

Flames scorched an eighth of an acre as of 10 a.m.

However, a column of smoke was seen as far away as Cowles Mountain. 

San Diego police and the CHP shut down the freeway ramp while firefighters extinguished the hot spots. 

Record-breaking temperatures and near-zero humidity were in the forecast for San Diego County. 

Images: Fire Burns South of Downtown San Diego

A red flag warning was issued, advising that if a fire starts there is the potential for "very rapid spread,'' the National Weather Service said.

No other information was available.

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