Spot fires briefly shut down I-8 in East County


A Cal Fire truck parked off Interstate 8 in East County while crews battled a pair of spot fires Sunday.

SAN DIEGO — Authorities shut down eastbound traffic on Interstate 8 in the Lakeside area late Sunday morning as a pair of spot fires burned in brush along the highway.

The flames spread across about two acres total, according to Cal Fire San Diego, but were moving slowly and had been stopped from spreading any further by 11 a.m.

All eastbound lanes on I-8 were closed near Los Coches Road while crews worked in the area, Caltrans said on Twitter. The lanes reopened shortly before noon.

Westbound traffic was also briefly closed, but opened quickly as crews got a handle on the blaze.

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