Brush fire in San Diego forces evacuation of 20 homes

A quick-moving brush fire that forced the evacuation of 20 homes, a hotel and several businesses has flared up again in the Mission Valley neighborhood of San Diego.

Fire-Rescue officials say the fire broke out at 2:19 p.m. Thursday and raced up a hillside toward homes, burning about 8 acres of brush.

Fire spokesman Maurice Luque says firefighters thought they had stopped the spread of the flames, but the blaze flared up again around 4:30 p.m. and burned right up to backyards on a ridge in University Heights.

The fire started behind a hotel near the intersection of Interstate 8 and State Route 163.

About 80 firefighters are on scene.

No damage or injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Associated Press