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Fire causes Labor Day traffic nightmare

September 2, 2011 |  3:21 pm

Fire shuts down I-15 in Cajon Pass
Southern Californians heading to Las Vegas for a Labor Day weekend getaway are going to have a tough time getting there since authorities closed down Interstate 15 because of a brush fire along the Cajon Pass.

The fire has consumed 500 acres, and authorities are evacuating several San Bernardino County neighborhoods.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that traffic was at a standstill and some motorists were driving the wrong way on the freeway to get out.

John Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, told the newspaper that two motorists suffered from smoke inhalation and others complained that they were trapped in heavy smoke.

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.

The fire broke out about 12:30 p.m.

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Photo: A brush fire shut down Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass. Credit: KTLA