A rapidly spreading brush fire, fueled by dry conditions and high winds, threatened homes in San Diego’s North County Tuesday and prompted evacuations for a number of communities and schools, reports NBC San Diego.
Large plumes of smoke could be seen over the exclusive community of Santaluz and as far west as Interstate 5 after the Bernardo Fire sparked around 11 a.m. near Black Mountain Road west of Interstate 15.
Flames jumped over Camino del Sur at the same time school buses were carrying students from nearby elementary schools out of the area.
Around 2 p.m., flames estimated to be 7 to 8 feet high were marching west burning heavy brush in canyon areas just east of San Dieguito Road. Officers have shut down traffic along the road as a precaution for the possibility that the fire may jump the road.
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