Chula Vista brush fire prompts closure of interstate on-ramp


CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A brush fire burning Thursday in Chula Vista prompted the closure of a freeway on-ramp while firefighters worked to put it out, authorities said.

The fire was reported just before 3:30 p.m. on the right-hand shoulder of I-805 at the H Street on-ramp. Fire officials said the blaze grew to roughly the size of a football field while being pushed by winds gusting in the area. It took about 45 minutes for firefighters to extinguish the fire, which scorched approximately 2 acres, according to the Chula Vista Fire Department.

Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes on Bay Leaf Drive. No evacuations were ordered and no injuries were reported.

Westbound traffic on H Street was blocked at Terra Nova Drive, according to Chula Vista police. The I-805 on-ramp at H Street also was closed because of the blaze.

It is not yet known what sparked the fire.

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