Evacuations lifted for 490-acre brush fire in Otay Mesa

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SAN DIEGO — A brush fire burned 490 acres near homes and a high school in the South Bay Thursday, prompting police to order mandatory evacuations in the area.

Firefighters said as of 5 p.m. Friday the fire was 75 percent contained. They expect full containment sometime Saturday.

Flames broke out along Airway Road in Otay Mesa, just up the road from Rock Church and San Ysidro High School, around noon.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said about 130 acres of brush had burned by 2 p.m. By 6:50 p.m., the fire had grown to 490 acres.

By 7:15 p.m., all evacuations and road closures had been lifted.

Earlier, police said an evacuation order was in effect for the area between Caliente Avenue and La Media Road and an evacuation warning was in effect for east of La Media Road. Around 3:15 p.m., police ordered mandatory evacuations south of St. Andrews Avenue, west of La Media Road and east of Cactus Road. The Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa was also evacuated.

San Ysidro High School and the Park and Ride lot at Otay Mesa Road and Caliente Avenue were opened to evacuees.

SDFD said the buildings were mostly industrial, but the evacuations did include 70 homes.

Officials temporarily closed the eastbound SR-905 offramp to Brittania Boulevard, southbound Brittania Boulevard, southbound La Media Road and northbound and southbound access to Cross Border Xpress. By 7:15 p.m., southbound access to CBX had reopened.

San Ysidro High administrators told FOX 5 that firefighters were set up near their campus and keeping them updated, but that the campus had not been impacted.

Two aircrafts and 325 fire personnel were helping out with firefighting efforts.

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