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Photos, Videos: Still-Burning Cajon Pass Fire Destroys 44 Cars, 4 Homes
Although the 15 freeway has been reopened for weekend warriors on their way to Vegas, the fire that destroyed several cars rages on in its second day.On Saturday morning, officials said the North Fire was only 5% contained, although the storm rolling through Los Angeles this morning should help firefighters in their efforts. According to the L.A. Times, 3,500 acres have burned and 44 cars and at least four homes have been destroyed.
KTLA says 20 of those cars were stuck on the pavement of the 15 freeway, including two big rigs and a boat being towed. The flames jumped the freeway and consumed the trapped cars. Luckily, no drivers were harmed, and authorities reported no major injuries as a result of the fire. The freeway was reopened after midnight.
"Cars were going in the opposite direction into traffic," Gilbert Cagatin told the L.A. Times. "It was that bad."
Talia Sclafani and her soccer teammates were traveling from Las Vegas to San Diego for a tournament when they had to leave their van. "To our left, it was like a spark and then five minutes later the freeway was engulfed," she told CNN.
One witness on the ground captured video of horses fleeing the North Fire and a DC-10 dropping flame retardant:
#NorthFire: 5 homes burning, 50 threatened; @SBCOUNTYFIRE public info line at (909) 383-5688 http://t.co/uR4LlrQDx2 pic.twitter.com/ud1FFoUMoX— 89.3 KPCC (@KPCC) July 18, 2015
Incredible images of destruction along I-15 after wildfire jumps across freeway. V. @latimes http://t.co/R70QZgsoK7 pic.twitter.com/mlUkLHqfic— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) July 18, 2015
Fast-moving fire overran a packed SoCal freeway Friday, setting fire to 20 vehicles--VIDEO: http://t.co/7WjAZgJ7mr pic.twitter.com/CS0NsVWLxY— Slate (@Slate) July 18, 2015
Meanwhile, only miles away in Wrightwood, the Pine Fire has has burned at least 125 acres after starting around 9:30 p.m., Friday night. Around 300 people have been evacuated, including deaf or partially deaf children and Girl Scouts in nearby campgrounds.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.