ESCONDIDO, Calif. – A brush fire that broke out in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park Friday, sending up smoke that was visible from Interstate 15, blackened about two acres before crews got the upper hand.
The flames were reported just before noon in a riverbed at the park at 3333 Bear Valley Parkway. By around 2 p.m., crews had stopped the forward progress of the blaze and declared it 80 percent contained.
No injuries or property damage were reported.
Firefighters planned to remain on scene for at least several hours to completely extinguish the flames and guard against flare-ups.
San Pasqual High and LR Green elementary schools were briefly placed on lockdown to keep students inside during the firefight, which also led the North County Transit District to reroute its BREEZE route 350 to the Westfield North County mall. A temporary bus stop was set up at Bear Valley and Beethoven.