Brush fire burns near I-15 in Fallbrook

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Air-tankerESCONDIDO, Calif. – A fire blackened about a dozen acres of brush off the southbound side of Interstate 15 near the Lawrence Welk Resort Monday and prompted authorities to close three lanes in the area.

Callers reported flames and smoke from the roadside fire between Gopher Canyon and Deer Springs road shortly after 9:30 a.m., which led to the closure of three southbound lanes, according to Cal Fire and the California Highway Patrol.Gopher Canyon Fire

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said fire crews had stopped the blaze from spreading further by about 11 a.m., and no area structures were threatened.

Firefighters planned to remain at the scene for several hours, said Schuler, who said heavy southbound freeway traffic was expected.

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