Cars set ablaze as wildfire jumps California freeway

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The 15 Freeway was shut down in the Cajon Pass Friday afternoon as a wildfire burned rapidly through the area, prompting mandatory evacuations and burning several vehicles stopped on the interstate.

HESPERIA, Calif. — Several cars and trucks in a long line of abandoned vehicles on a California freeway caught fire as flames from a brush fire jumped the highway Friday.

There were no reports of injuries, said Steve Carapia of the California Highway Patrol. He estimated there were up to 70 cars, trucks and tractor-trailers on I-15 northbound near San Bernardino.

The 15 Freeway was shut down in the Cajon Pass Friday afternoon as a wildfire burned rapidly through the area, prompting mandatory evacuations and burning several vehicles stopped on the interstate.

The 15 Freeway was shut down in the Cajon Pass Friday afternoon as a wildfire burned rapidly through the area, prompting mandatory evacuations and burning several vehicles stopped on the interstate.


Video shot from helicopters over the blaze showed several cars and the cab of a tractor-trailer on fire. A boat on a trailer was also ablaze. Helicopters dumped fire retardant on some of the vehicles.

CNN affiliate KTLA said at least 10 vehicles were burned.

Fire officials said they were working a 500-acre brush fire in the Cajon Pass. The fire is called the North Fire.