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San Diego

<i> From Staff and Wire Reports</i>

A small Mission Valley brush fire Monday forced authorities to evacuate four houses and close two freeway ramps on Interstate 8.

The California Highway Patrol closed on-ramps to Taylor Street from both the east and westbound lanes of I-8 about 1:03 p.m., shortly after firefighters went to a fire that began in the 2500 block of Hotel Circle South, CHP Officer Bob Polzin said.

The blaze, which burned 5 to 6 acres, spread to the west side of Mission Valley, forcing the evacuation of four houses in the 4500 block of Arista Street, said San Diego Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Simpson.

No one was injured in the blaze, which took 80 to 100 firefighters about an hour to contain, Simpson said. The Taylor Street ramps were reopened Monday afternoon.

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The cause of the fire was being investigated.


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