LAKESIDE, Calif. – A brush fire broke out Wednesday afternoon near state Route 67 in Lakeside, prompting an evacuation warning in the area and the closure of both directions of the highway.

The blaze, which began around 3:45 p.m. near Mapleview Street and SR-67, led to evacuations from the Cedar Fire Historical Monument to the San Diego River Park Trailhead, according to Lakeside Fire Department and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

People with access or functional needs and anyone with large animals were encouraged to leave the area immediately.

Evacuation warning issued for Lakeside (San Diego County)

A temporary evacuation point was established at Lakeside Christian Church, located at 13739 El Monte Road.

Road closures Wednesday evening included:

  • Vine St. north of Mapleview Street to the cul-de-sac
  • Mapleview St. east from Channel Road to SR-67
  • Lakeside Avenue between SR-67 and Channel Road

Firefighters held the fire at 4.5 acres. A nearby horse ranch that was threatened by the blaze was saved by firefighters.

SkyFOX flew overhead and observed heavy smoke and large flames in the area.