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Wildfires force shutdown of northbound I-15 in San Bernardino

August 22, 2011 |  2:32 pm

Two wildfires in San Bernardino County have forced the shutdown of the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 in the Cajon pass, triggering a SigAlert and snarling traffic on the popular route to Las Vegas and the high desert.

Before the closure, some motorists pulled to the side of the highway to snap pictures of fallen power lines lying across the northbound lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol website.

Motorists are being diverted off northbound I-15 at Kenwood Avenue.  Smoke from the fires can be seen as far away as Victorville, according to the CHP.

The fires, reported just before 1 p.m., also prompted the closure of several lanes on the southbound side of the interstate, Caltrans officials said.

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