Early this morning, a fire broke out by the Interstate 5 freeway in San Ysidro.
It happened in the city of San Diego by the Dairy Mart Road exit.
Firefighters arrived at the scene around 5 A.M.
No residential homes were under threat of catching on fire. However, authorities did shut down I-5 while they fought the blaze.
The fire started by the northbound lanes and carried on to the southbound area of the I-5.
Firefighters reported that the flames were “pretty high” in length.
San Ysidro Fire Spread Fast
The fire spread very quickly to almost half an acre. With all that space on the freeway, it got the wind it needed to spread far and wide pretty quickly. However, fire officials had the time and resources to keep the blaze from spreading too far.
The water hydrant nearest to the fire was at a self-storage facility. However since it has been shut down, firefighters had to arrive at the location of the fire with water trucks. That delayed the fire fight for a while, but firefighters were able to do their jobs.
There were about 35 firefighters on the scene.
Some of the challenges that the firefighters had to face was caused by the river and the thick brush by the freeway. The river made getting more firefighters there difficult, while the brush caught fire quickly and forced the crews to act faster.
At 8 A.M. the lanes on the I-5 were open and allowed people to drive.
The weather conditions were good, which is what helped the firefighters put out the fire easily.
It was humid and not windy.
There were no home or car damages. The freeway is open and traffic is flowing.
I-5 runs all up and down the state of California, but it passes San Francisco by, running through the Central Valley instead.