Car fire causes evacuations near La Mesa

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car fire ignites brushLA MESA, Calif. – A car fire in the southbound lanes of State Route 125 approaching Highway 94 spread to a nearby hillside, and prompted authorities to evacuate homes in the area, fire officials said.

The California Highway Patrol received reports of a car on fire on the highway south of Spring Street shortly before 2 p.m. and a SigAlert was issued for the area.

The fire spread to a nearby hillside and was burning close to homes, authorities said.

Residents on Garfield Street near state Route 125 and north of State Route 94 were asked to evacuate, Heartland Fire & Rescue Department officials said.

La Mesa police advised drivers to avoid the area of Lemon Avenue and Grossmont Avenue while they tended to the fire.

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