LA MESA, Calif. — A small brush fire broke out Friday on a hillside in the La Mesa area, but it was quickly brought under control.
The roadside vegetation fire was reported about 2:15 p.m. on Alvarado Road south of eastbound Interstate 8, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Heartland Fire & Rescue Department crews responded to the fire assisted by crews from San Diego and Santee, according to the Heartland Fire & Rescue Department. The fire was under control by 2:50 p.m., but drivers were being asked to avoid the 7100 block of Alvarado Road until about 5 p.m. while crews investigated the cause.
According to the CHP, several witnesses tried putting out the flames before fire crews arrived.