Fire Shuts Down Section of I-15 South of Temecula

Flames can be seen on the hillside alongside Interstate 15 near Rainbow. Photo courtesy of Tamara Billings Update at 3:50 p.m.: Accord...

Flames can be seen on the hillside alongside Interstate 15 near Rainbow.
Photo courtesy of Tamara Billings

Update at 3:50 p.m.: According to the CHP, the fire is not contained but is considered under control. The No. 3 and 4 southbound lanes south of Temecula Parkway remain closed. The CHP will escort vehicles southbound via the No. 1 and 2 lanes.


Firefighters are battling a brush fire that has spread to at least 30 acres alongside Interstate 15 south of Temecula Parkway, and the southbound lanes of the freeway are closed at that point, authorities said.

The brush fire was reported at 11:40 a.m. and was initially reported at 15 acres. No structures are threatened, according to fire officials. Northbound lanes remain open but traffic is moving slowly, according to the California Highway Patrol.

This fire is near the area where firefighters have been battling the Pala Fire for several days. We will update this story as more details become available.

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