A brush fire scorching nearly 80 acres near I-15 and Temescal Canyon Road in Lake Elsinore was quickly contained by firefighters Sunday, Aug. 25.
The Ivy Fire was first reported just before 11 a.m. and brought on an aggressive response by firefighters, including both ground and air attacks in response to the blaze.
According to Cal Fire, firefighters responded to the scene with assistance from the United States Forest Service.
“The first arriving Chief Officer reported approximately one-half to 2 acres of vegetation burning in heavy fuels at a slow to moderate rate of spread,” according to April Newman of Cal Fire.
More than 100 county firefighters, two air tankers, a helicopter and a Cleveland National Forest fire crew responded to the brusher.
As the flames pushed toward the freeway, all lanes of the northbound 15 were closed, causing a massive traffic jam, which prompted some motorists stuck in the gridlock to turn the wrong way to exit the freeway, according to the CHP.
The closure was later reduced to only the No. 2 and 3 lanes about a half-mile south of Temescal Canyon Road, leaving only one lane open. The closure remained in place as firefighters mopped up.
No injuries or evacuations were reported, but Southern California Edison was called in to deal with some downed power lines – the only infrastructure damage – in the area of the fire, Newman said.
Jeff Pack and City News Service contributed to this story.
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