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Smoke from forest fire forces freeway closure in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO - Wind-driven smoke from a fire deep in the Cleveland National Forest forced closure of Interstate 8 for nearly two hours in eastern San Diego County, officials said Saturday.

The fire east of Pine Valley erupted at approximately noon and by 5 p.m. had covered more than 100 acres. No homes were immediately threatened.

The blaze was fought by air tankers and ground units, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

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