Northbound 15 Freeway reopens through Cajon Pass after devastating wildfire, CHP says – Los Angeles Times

The northbound lanes of the 15 Freeway through the Cajon Pass reopened late Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The freeway, a key trucking and commuter route that connects Southern California with Nevada, was closed after the 25,626-acre Blue Cut fire erupted Monday in San Bernardino County.

The CHP reopened the connector road between the northbound 15 Freeway and the 215 Freeway about 10:15 p.m. Shortly thereafter, the northbound 15 Freeway lanes were reopened.

Several off-ramps from the freeway remain closed, including Kenwood Avenue, Cleghorn Road, Highway 138 and Oak Hill Road, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The southbound lanes of the 15 Freeway, as well as Highway 138, another major roadway in the area, were expected to remain closed until further notice, according to the CHP.

Caltrans crews were working to repair guardrails and sections of the road damaged by the massive fire.

The freeway┬áruns from San Diego, through the Inland Empire and across the Mojave Desert into Nevada. The reopening of the roadway will probably ease congestion prompted by the massive evacuation of residents around the Blue Cut fire’s burn area.

Caltrans advised motorists to drive with a full tank of gas and to be prepared for delays.

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