MURRIETA – A brush fire broke out Monday, April 10, alongside Interstate 215 in Murrieta, spreading to a hillside and forcing the closure of a freeway lane.
There was no immediate word on what sparked the non-injury brusher, which was reported about 12:50 p.m. adjacent to southbound I-215 at Keller Road.
The flames were initially 5 feet or less from the freeway but burned into dry grass on a nearby hillside, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Murrieta Fire Department crews arrived about 1 p.m. and shut down the freeway slow lane in order to stage at the location, according to reports from the scene. A SigAlert was issued a few minutes later as traffic began backing
up for several miles.
The flames were moving slowly, and crews were close to encircling the blaze by 1:25 p.m.