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Lanes reopen on 15 Freeway as crews fight Cajon Pass brush fire

November 5, 2012 |  5:39 pm

Brush fire in the Cajon Pass
North and southbound lanes of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass have been reopened after being shut down because of a brush fire, authorities said Monday evening. 

Three northbound lanes were opened on the busy artery that links Southern California to Las Vegas as firefighters worked to beat back flames that had charred at least 350 acres, officials said.

Two southbound lanes were closed from Blue Cut pass through Kenwood Avenue, the California Highway Patrol said.

The blaze, which broke out Monday morning, triggered mandatory evacuations in the Mathews Ranch area and backed up traffic for miles.

About 450 firefighters were battling the blaze in steep, rugged terrain, the U.S. Forest Service said. Crews on the ground were aided by five air tankers and five water-dropping helicopters.

The cause was under investigation.


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Photo: Brush fire burning in the Cajon Pass. Credit: KTLA-TV (Channel 5)