2 LANES REOPENED ON I-8 EAST AFTER CREWS SLOW BRUSH FIRES IN ALPINE

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Update:  3:40:  Cal Fire has cancelled resources not yet at the scene; fires have totalled less than half an acre, per latest estimate.  Two lanes of I-8 east have been reopened, CHP reports.

Update 3:25 p.m.: Multiple small fires are burning on both sides of Alpine Blvd., Cal Fire's Roxanne Provaznik reports.  The fire is spreading slowly and there are no immediate threats to structures. 

Cal Fire/San Diego County Fire Authority and Alpine Fire Protection District have established a unified command. Currently there are 3 engines, 2 fire crews, a bulldozer, 2 helicopters, a water tender, 2 airtankers and approximately 75 firefighters at the scene.

Update 3:20 p.m.: A Sig Alert has been issued and I-8 is now shut down, with traffic diverted off at Dunbar Lane.   Paula Dickenson with the Alpine Sheriff advises there is "low visibility due to smoke between Dunbar Lane and Tavern exits. 

A brush fire is burning in downtown Alpine, near the intersection of Alpine Blvd. and Tavern Road.  The fire is burning toward Interstate 8, Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler told ECM at 3:10 p.m.  

Cause is not yet known, however the fire was reported as having multiple ignitions, ECM has learned. 

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