Authorities: 20 Vehicles Destroyed in California Wildfire

I-15 Fire - ABC News
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UPDATE: 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 at least five homes.

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.

A San Bernardino County Fire official says hundreds of firefighters, aided by water-dropping aircraft, have contained 35 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.
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HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a fast-moving wildfire that swept across a Southern California freeway has destroyed 20 vehicles and burned five homes while threatening dozens of other structures.

Fanned by hot desert winds, the fire started along Interstate 15 - the main road to Las Vegas - and torched the vehicles as motorists fled on foot to safety. No serious injuries have been reported.

The fire spread quickly, growing to 3,500 acres and threatening the rural community of Baldy Mesa north of the freeway.

An evacuation center was set up at the local high school.
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HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire burned several cars Friday as it swept across the main freeway from Southern California to Las Vegas.

Authorities said the fire had burned at least 500 acres and embers and other burning materials appeared to cause more cars and a boat to catch on fire.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Uriah Hernandez said no injuries had been confirmed. Some areas were evacuated in the Cajon Pass area along Interstate 15 about 55 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

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

Several burnt-out cars sat on the highway. Traffic was backed up on the freeway as a plane dumped fire retardant on the fire that swept up a hillside.


Map locates Cajon Pass in California
I-15 Fire - Courtesy Sharon Van Nest