Palm tree fire closes lanes on I-5 downtown

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SAN DIEGO — Authorities shut down lanes of Interstate 5 in Downtown San Diego as firefighters battled a small fire in the palm trees near San Diego City College’s campus just west of the freeway Saturday.

The fire was first reported at 3:44 p.m., according to a California Highway Patrol incident log.

The CHP closed the right two lanes of southbound I-5, leaving only the left two lanes open. Ramps onto I-5 were also closed in the area, including the ramps from C Street and Pershing Drive to southbound I-5, according to San Diego police Officer Robert Heims.

Firefighters had the blaze knocked down by about 4 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Lanes on I-5 were going to be closed for at least an hour while firefighters worked to clean up the blaze, the CHP log said.

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