ESCONDIDO (CNS) - A small brush fire just north of Lake Hodges prompted a few road closures Friday while crews fought the flames.
The blaze erupted for unknown reasons near the east end of Westfield North County mall in Escondido about 12:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
Arriving firefighters reported finding about a half-acre of vegetation ablaze, police Sgt. Kevin Toth said. There were no reports of imminent structural threats.
Authorities closed stretches of nearby Bear Valley Parkway, East Via Rancho Parkway and Beethoven Drive for safety purposes, the sergeant said.