Update: Cajon Pass Wildfire grows, destroying homes and vehicles

Jul 17, 2015 7:47 PM by News Staff, Video via KCBS


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say firefighters are making progress on a fast-moving wildfire that swept across a Southern California freeway, destroying 20 vehicles and sending motorists running to safety before burning four structures.

The fire started Friday afternoon in the Cajon Pass along Interstate 15 - the main highway between Southern California and Las Vegas - and quickly spread to 3,500 acres.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Lee Beyer says hundreds of firefighters, aided by water-dropping aircraft, have contained 5 percent of the blaze.

Strong winds spread the fire to the rural community of Baldy Mesa, where it burned at least five homes and threatened about 50 more.

California is in the midst of severe drought, and wildfires are common. Some break out near freeways, but it's very unusual to have vehicles caught in the flames.


HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire has swept across a Southern California freeway and burned several vehicles.

It was not immediately clear if anyone was hurt in the blaze that broke out Friday afternoon along Interstate 15, the main route between Southern California and Las Vegas.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Uriah Hernandez says the fire in the Cajon Pass has burned at least 50 acres and is moving fast.

The fire led authorities to shut several freeway lanes, causing traffic to back up for miles.

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