Wildfire overruns packed California freeway, burns cars

Wildfire overruns packed California freeway, burns cars

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Cars are shown burning on the Interstate 15 freeway in the Cajon Pass, California in the frame grab  …

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Cars are shown burning on the Interstate 15 freeway in the Cajon Pass, California in the frame grab  …

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Cars are shown burning on the Interstate 15 freeway in the Cajon Pass, California in the frame grab  …

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Cars are shown burning on the Interstate 15 freeway in the Cajon Pass, California in the frame grab  …

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fast-moving brush fire in the Southern California foothills overran a packed freeway in a mountain pass on Friday, destroying four structures & torching 20 vehicles as drivers abandoned their cars & scrambled to safety.

The wildfire, which broke out Friday afternoon in the drought-parched foothills of San Bernardino County, had grown from 500 acres (200 hectares) to 3,500 acres (1,416 hectares) in a matter of hours, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The blaze ripped down a portion of the Interstate 15 freeway that links Southern California & Las Vegas, forcing approximately 60 drivers to flee their cars on Cajon Pass.

p> There have been no injuries, the U.S. Forest Service said.

Television images showed fire-fighting aircraft dropping water onto burning vehicles. Several cars & two tractor-trailer rigs, one carrying new vehicles, were in flames.

Twenty vehicles were destroyed & 10 were damaged, the Forest Service said.

Four structures have been gutted by flames & several mountain communities were facing possible evacuations as crews battle to contain the blaze, it said.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb & Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Sandra Maler, Robert Birsel)

Southern California

Source: “Reuters”

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