Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cajon Pass fire 30 percent contained; I-15 reopened for now, California - 2nd Sept 2011

Firefighters work Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, in Oak Hill, Calif., to contain the flames of a fast-moving wildfire that erupted Friday on the main interstate between Southern California and Las Vegas.

The fire forced evacuations of 1,500 homes, temporarily closed the freeway to holiday weekend traffic and surged through hundreds of acres of desert brush.

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman says firefighters have contained 30 percent of the fire that erupted along Interstate 15 Friday. As of Saturday morning, both lanes of I-15 along the Cajon Pass were reopened, though that could change as the firefighting effort continues and winds shift, according to fire officials. Read More