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Fire crews contain brush fire near Lakeside

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LAKESIDE – Firefighters stopped a freeway-side brush fire at about five-acres on the southern side of Interstate 8 outside of El Cajon, but not before it threatened residences and snarled freeway traffic, authorities said.

The fire on I-8 near Los Coches Road was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m., according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler. No injuries were reported.

The fire briefly threatened homes on Lotus Lane and La Cresta Road before it was stopped, according to Cal Fire officials.

Eastbound freeway traffic was backed up to Greenfield Drive in El Cajon, and westbound traffic to Los Coches Road in the unincorporated Lakeside area, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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