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Progress made on Cajon Pass fire; part of the 15 Freeway to re-open

November 5, 2012 |  3:09 pm

Authorities are working to re-open two lanes in each direction of the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass, after it was shut down for several hours due to a brush fire.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller said fire crews have made enough progress battling the 350-acre blaze to allow for the lanes closest to the center of the freeway to re-open.

"We have made significant progress," Miller said. "While we are not out of the woods, we are definitely in a better place than we were two hours ago."

The fire triggered mandatory evacuations in the Mathews Ranch area and backed up traffic for miles, as authorities shut down the 15 Freeway, a primary artery from Southern California to Las Vegas.

The Devore fire broke out shortly before 11 a.m. near the northbound 15 Freeway between the Kenwood Avenue and Cleghorn Road exits.

At least 200 firefighters were on the scene, supported by four helicopters and eight air tankers, with more available if needed, officials said.

The fire was 5% contained, Miller said.

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