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Cajon Pass brush fire again closes lanes on 15 Freeway

Some lanes of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass were again closed Tuesday after a nearby brush fire flared overnight, officials said.

The California Highway Patrol reported early Tuesday that the two right lanes were closed in both directions of the highway, which is the main artery that links Southern California to Las Vegas. It was not known when the roadway would fully reopen.

The lane closures stretched from Blue Cut pass through Kenwood Avenue, the CHP reported.

The Devore fire, which broke out Monday morning, had scorched about 450 acres on either side of the freeway, officials said Monday night. The fire was about 40% contained heading into Tuesday, officials said, and crews hoped to fully contain the blaze by 6 p.m.

The fire prompted mandatory evacuations in the Matthew's Ranch area and forced a complete closure of the freeway for several hours on Monday.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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