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Brush fire threatens homes; Interstate 15 closed

September 2, 2011 |  3:01 pm

Photo: A brush fire shut down Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass. Credit: KTLA A fast-moving brush fire has consumed hundreds of acres and closed down Interstate 15, officials said Friday.

The brush fire along the Cajon Pass has grown to 500 acres, and authorities are calling for the evacuation of several San Bernardino County neighborhoods near the flames.

“Structures are being threatened,’’ said Bob Poole, spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department called for evacuations in the Oak Hills area on Elk Ridge/Oak Hills Road. 

An evacuation center has been set up at Baldy Mesa Elementary School, 10376 Baldy Mesa Road, between Avenal Street and Bonanza Road.

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Image: Scene over the fire. Photo: KTLA News