Fast-moving brush fire in Cajon Pass scorches 5500 acres as evacuations are ordered – Los Angeles Times

A brush fire broke out late Tuesday morning in the Cajon Pass about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, scorching about 5,500 acres of land and destroying some structures near the 15 Freeway, fire officials said.

The Blue Cut fire was first reported just after 10:30  a.m. near the 15 and jumped to nearly 1,500 acres within two hours, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. By 2:45 p.m., the blaze had jumped a portion of the 15 Freeway and grown to roughly 5,500 acres, according to Cathleen Mattingly, a spokeswoman with Cal Fire in San Bernardino.

San Bernardino County firefighters, San Bernardino National Forest officials, U.S. Forest Service firefighters, county sheriff’s officials and and California Highway Patrol officers were all responding to the fire, Mattingly said. 

At least 700 firefighters, 57 engines, 8 fire crews and 10 air tankers were on the scene as of 3 p.m., according to Mattingly, the fire was burning through “heavy, dry, brush.” The blaze currently poses an imminent threat to safety and structures in the Cajon Pass, Lytle Creek and Wrightwood, officials said.

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