Brush fire breaks out near Balboa Park

Smoke rises from a hillside along the freeway near Balboa Park

SAN DIEGO — A small brush fire burned along State Route 163 Thursday morning.

The fire was burning in an area east of Bankers Hill, near Balboa Park where SR-163 and Interstate 5 meet. A caller told California Highway Patrol they spotted two people, possibly from a homeless encampment, leaving the area when the fire broke out.

Smoke from the fire was visible on FOX 5’s camera at the park.

San Diego Fire-Rescue was called to douse the fire, which remained small. Traffic was not significantly affected.

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