- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - An interstate in Southern California that was shut down for hours after a wildfire swept across the road and torched 20 vehicles has reopened.

The California Highway Patrol reopened both directions of the Interstate 15 Saturday afternoon, a day after the fast-moving wildfire jumped the freeway in the Cajon Pass, sending motorists running for their lives.

The fire ignited next to the freeway Friday afternoon. Fanned by 40 mph winds, it raced uphill and onto the traffic-clogged freeway, trapping hundreds of people who were struck on the road.

The blaze destroyed 20 vehicles and damaged another 10 cars. Only two people were injured in the firestorm.

Interstate 15 is the main route linking Southern California and Las Vegas.


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