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Forward rate of spread stopped on brush fire near Descanso

The blaze began when a semi-tanker caught fire on Interstate 8 west of State Route 79.
Credit: SDGE cam

DESCANSO, Calif. — As of 3 p.m. on July 10, Cleveland National Forest reported the fire had burned 70 acres and was 5% contained. To get continued updates on the #RoadFire, click here.

Cleveland National Forest firefighters were battling a 70-acre brush fire Saturday, with the help of air support, on westbound Interstate 8 west of Japatul Valley Road near Descanso. They reported that the forward rate of spread was stopped and the fire is 5% contained as of Saturday at 3 p.m.

The blaze began when a semi-tanker caught fire at 11:20 a.m. on Interstate 8 west of State Route 79, and flames spread to brush next to the freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Cleveland National Forest officials said precautionary evacuations of parts of Descanso and Viejas Reservation were issued Saturday. Caltrans San Diego also issued road closures on westbound I-8 west of SR 79. 

Credit: Paul Roche
Credit: Paul Roche

Cleveland NF Twitter account tweeted a post about the fire and a witness on the scene replied to their post with a photo of the scene.