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Fire Closes Ortega Highway

UPATED: All lanes of traffic are now open east of Antonio Parkway.

UPDATED 3:30 P.M.: Ortega is now open in both directions as of 3:19 p.m. 

A small brushfire closed the Ortega Highway on Monday afternoon about 2 miles east of Antonio Parkway.

The brush ignited after a small pick-up truck caught on fire, according to the CHP. The car parked on the shoulder but started to roll.

The quarter-acre blaze was extinguished by 1:30 p.m., and traffic was shut down on Ortega for almost two hours.

The closure was needed so that firefighters can remove a damaged tree that could threaten commuters, according to the CHP.

Jill McGovern August 27, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Once again a debt of gratitude to our beloved firefighters and the chp for getting this fire out quickly, we appreciate you! Jill McGovern
Penny Arévalo (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 04:10 AM
We often cross-post stories about Ortega Highway road closures at our sister Patch in Lake Elsinore. Apparently, several stuck in the traffic took time to comment: http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/articles/fire-closes-ortega-highway-monday-afternoon#comments_list

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