I-15 Closes NE of Los Angeles After Bridge Fire

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HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - Interstate 15 is expected to remain closed northeast of Los Angeles for up to two days after a fire erupted where a bridge is being constructed.

The freeway - Southern California's main connector to Las Vegas - was closed around 1:30 p.m. Monday after a construction worker's blowtorch accidentally ignited the bridge's wooden supports.

Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga says workers are demolishing remnants of the wooden skeleton of the Ranchero Road overpass, which had been under construction since early 2013.

She says firefighters will be there throughout the night, but while some areas are still smoldering, most of the flames were out.

The closure is just north of the Cajon Pass, and Kasinga says traffic has backed up 6 miles to the south and up to 20 miles to the north.