Updates on Temecula, Pala Brush Fires

A firefighter was injured battling a nearly 140-acre fire that sparked Saturday near Interstate 15 in Riverside County.

The fire broke out before noon Saturday in unincorporated Temecula and sent heavy smoke into the air in San Diego's North County.

The latest update from Cal Fire reports the fire as 65 percent contained as of Sunday evening.

While fighting the blaze, one firefighter suffered minor injuries, according to the agency. 

Authorities initially issued a SigAlert, shutting down all lanes of southbound I-15 at Front Street and Temecula Parkway as firefighters battled the blaze.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, there was no closure on I-15 connected to the fire.

This raw video clip submitted to NBC 7 by Linda Meadows show the fire burning in Temecula, off I-15, on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a fire also burned in Pala, California, approximately 13 miles southeast of Temecula. That blaze, dubbed the Pala Fire by officials, scorched 70 acres and was 95 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Sunday. The Pala Fire has been burning since Tuesday. Winds and hot temperatures caused the blaze to flare up once again Friday night, prompting evacuations in the area.

Temecula is located approximately 60 miles north of downtown San Diego.

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