BRUSH FIRE CLOSES I-8 IN LAKESIDE: HOMES THREATENED

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UPDATE AS OF 9:50 PM:  FIRE IS 10% CONTAINED

UPDATE AS OF 8:57 PM: ALL MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN LIFTED 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Jonathan Goetz

July 11, 2017 (Lakeside) -- The fast-moving #JenningsFire has charred over 300 acres in the past hour and forced shutdown of I-8 in both directions from Lake Jennings Road to Dunbar Lane. 

At least five structures remain threatened as of 3:30 p.m.. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered on Viewside, south of I-8,  Cal-Fire reports.

The fire, which began in brush at 1:40 p.m.,  is burning toward propane tanks at Kamps Propane, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.  Airtankers and ground crews are battling the blaze.

Fire is burning southeast from the freeway toward Harbison Canyon Rd, the Santee Sheriff substation tweeted. Residents in Harbison Canyon and Crest should be on alert!

Alpine Union School District evacuating students in ESS to Joan MacQueen Middle School, CBS 8 reports.

A firefighter has been injured and medics have been called to the scene.

The U.S. Forest Service has joined CAL FIRE and other agencies in battling this blaze.

Late this afternoon, traffic is backed up on Highway 67 to Mapleview Road in Lakeside and on I-8 to La Mesa.

State Route 94 was reported closed at 3:30 p.m. due to an accident in Dulzura. 

 

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