A dangerous and rapidly spreading 2,000-acre brush fire has moved across the 15 Freeway near Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, California, forcing closure of part of the road and destroying at least seven cars according to NBC Los Angeles.
InciWeb reports that the fire, known as the North Fire, started around 2:33 p.m. PDT near Interstate 15 north of Highway 138. Motorists are urged to avoid the area.
No injuries have been confirmed, according to the Associated Press.
Winds are gusting between 25 and 35 mph with temperatures in the mid-90s to upper 90s, AccuWeather Meteorologist, Jordan Root said.
Mandatory evacuations for Baldy Mesa areas East of Sheep Creek Road, North of I-15, West of Interstate 15, and South of Phelan Road— San Bernardino NF (@SanBernardinoNF) July 17, 2015
NorthFire (Update) #SBCoFD #StructureDefense group advising multiple homes involved Baldy Mesa Area pic.twitter.com/XH1p0R18GC— SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) July 17, 2015
Evacuation centers are being organized and multiple fire departments are on hand to combat the blaze, including the San Bernardino County Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service.
Evacuation Center located at Serrano High School: 9292 Sheep Creek Rd. Phelan 92371— CAL FIRE BDU (@CALFIREBDU) July 17, 2015