CA’s North Fire Now 75 Percent Contained


Cajon Pass (CA) – A fast-moving brush fire in the Cajon Pass near the 15 Freeway grew to 4,250 acres and was 75 percent contained by Sunday.

The U.S. Forest Service previously reported Saturday that the fire had grown to 5,454 acres, but later revised the number back down to 3,500. By Sunday, it had grown to 4,250 acres.

All lanes of the 15 Freeway between State Route 138 and Oak Hill Road in the Cajon Pass reopened after the fire shut it down Friday. Thunderstorms and heavy rain swept the area, which helped about 680 firefighters fighting the fire. By Saturday evening, the fire was 45 percent contained.

On Friday, the brush fire quickly moved through the pass, charring more than 3,500 acres, burning structures and prompting evacuations.

The fire broke out near the northbound lanes around 2:30 p.m., according to the U.S. Forest Service. The blaze moved quickly and ended up destroying 20 vehicles and damaging 10 others. About 50 to 75 cars were left abandoned on the freeway as firefighters rushed people off the road when the flames got too close.

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