According to authorities, there was a brush fire this week that broke out alongside a stretch of train tracks in Oceanside and moved up an adjacent slope toward some hilltop homes. The fire prompted evacuations, train delays, and road closures, but it did not cause any structural damage or injuries. According to timesofsandiego.com.
It also moved up an adjacent slope toward the homes. According to the reports from the police authorities, the fire started at about 9:30 in the morning on Wednesday off the 2800 block of Industry Street. It was located close to Loma Alta Creek and to the west of El Camino Real. According to Oceanside Fire Department Chief Rick Robinson stated that as the fire moved uphill through the dense vegetation, the authorities were forced to evacuate six homes on Eldean Lane and Skylark Drive.
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Lincoln Middle school has been turned into a makeshift refuge for those who have been uprooted from their homes. While the firefighters battled the blaze both on the ground and from the air using a number of water-dropping helicopters, the police shut down certain sections of Dunstan Street and Skylark Drive and North County Transit District officials suspended rail service in the area.
Preliminary investigation shows that as of 11:30 on Wednesday morning, firefighters had stopped the roughly 2-acre fire from spreading further. It was announced that at about 11:30 in the morning, all of the road closures, as well as those in the North County Transit District, were lifted. Residents who had been evacuated were able to return to their homes by the time the evacuation was lifted. In the late afternoon, it was still unclear what had caused the fire to start.
According to a statement released by the Oceanside Fire Department, investigators did reach the conclusion that it was “of human origin”. According to the report of the authorities, who are asking for the help of the general public for any witness or witnesses, that has any information about the origin of the fire, should immediately visit the police department.
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