Brush Fire Along I-15 in Rancho Bernardo Quickly Brought Under Control

San Diego fire truck
Photo by Alexander Nguyen

Extremely dry conditions appeared to contribute to a five-acre brushfire that firefighters quickly brought under control Monday afternoon.

Officials fought the fire with ground and air crews and evacuated about homes and an apartment complex as a precaution ahead of the slow-moving fire, which erupted next to the northbound 15 freeway, just south of W. Bernardo Drive.

A large plume of smoke was reportedly visible from the freeway.

The fire was exacerbated by Santa Ana weather. Extremely dry conditions and gusty winds are expected to continue throughout San Diego County through at least Tuesday evening.

No structural damages or injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is not yet known.