By Gina Yarbrough
Carlsbad, CA–A 2 to 3 acres brush fire broke out at the Buena Vista Lagoon Saturday afternoon prompting authorities to evacuate homes near the area as a precaution, Carlsbad police said.
Carlsbad fire crews and police responded to reports of the fire around 12:40 p.m. in the 2400 block of Carlsbad Boulevard.
Due to the massive blaze, Carlsbad police were forced to evacuate homes in Buena Vista Circle, Kremeyer Circle, and Laguna Drive near the lagoon “out of caution.”
Winds blew plumes of smoke and ash in the air as fire crews battled the blaze from the ground and above.
“Lots of ash in the air. We are getting calls from the Calavera area as the wind is blowing in that directions,” Carlsbad police tweeted.
A San Diego County Sheriff’s Department helicopter was called to the area for water drops on “potential hot spots” at the site of the fire along the lagoon, police said.
Oceanside Police, the California Highway Patrol, and the Sheriff’s Department were also on the scene to assist Carlsbad fire crews and police to contain the massive blaze.
No structures were damaged, and no reports of injuries.
Police later reopened Southbound Carlsbad Boulevard. Northbound Carlsbad Boulevard will be closed for another two hours. State Street and Laguna Drive also remain closed.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.