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Crews make headway in Perris, Cajon Pass brush fires

August 22, 2011 |  9:56 pm

Cajon Pass brush fire
Fire crews were making headway Monday night in their battle to tame two Inland Empire brush fires that had scorched more than 400 acres of parched vegetation near Perris and the Cajon Pass.

In Riverside County, evacuation orders were lifted for about 50 homes in the unincorporated community of Good Hope northwest of Perris, where 125 acres of brush had burned, fire officials said.

The blaze was 60% contained, with crews expected to fully contain the fire Tuesday morning, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

In the Cajon Pass, firefighters had a 350-acre brush fire 40% contained Monday night. The blaze forced busy Interstate 15 to be closed in both directions during the afternoon, which created a traffic nightmare, fire officials said. One northbound lane remained closed Monday night.

Fire officials said the blaze, which destroyed one home and three small outbuildings, was expected to be fully contained by Tuesday night.

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Photo: Structure burns in Mathews Ranch area in Cajon Pass fire. Credit: KTLA-TV

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