U.S. Forest Service personnel fight the brush fire
U.S. Forest Service personnel on the scene of the brush fire east of Alpine. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A 1.5-acre brush fire briefly closed one lane of eastbound Interstate 8 in Alpine on Friday afternoon.

The fire started around 4 p.m. near the viewpoint overlooking the Sweetwater River Gorge, east of the Willows Road exit.

Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service quickly attacked the blaze with the ground and air units, and are now investigating the cause.

No structure were threatened by the fire, which was brought under control in less than an hour.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.