Brush fire shuts down Interstate 15 at Gopher Canyon Road
FALLBROOK (KUSI) — Interstate 15 was closed and firefighting helicopters were called in to help fight a brushfire that jumped the freeway near Fallbrook mid-day Sunday. Residents along a dead-end road near the fire report it had filled with vehicles seeking to get away from the fire on Old U.S. 395, but firefighters did not confirm that.
The blaze was first reported at 11:05 a.m., north of the Gopher Canyon and Champagne Boulevard exit. It had consumed 10 acres in 90 minutes, and was threatening eight homes at 12:35 p.m., Cal Fire spokesman Issac Sanchez said. Northbound traffic on Interstate 15 was stopped five miles north of Escondido, at Gopher Canyon. Southbound traffic was blocked at the Old U.S. 395 offramp, south of Bonita.
Northbound lanes have since been re-opened. Old U.S. 395 next to the freeway was also closed north of Champagne Acres, CHP officers said. Seventy firefighters had been assigned to the blaze, Cal Fire officials said. No official evacuations were ordered.
There was no immediate identification of a cause for blaze, Sanchez said. Nor were there any reports of injuries or structure damage.