Crews Continue to Battle Devore Fire

A fire that broke out Monday prompted evacuations and the closure of two major freeways

By Jason Kandel
|  Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012  |  Updated 3:49 PM PDT
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Cajon Pass Fire

The Devore Fire that broke out on Nov. 5, 2012, prompted evacuations and the closure of two major freeways.

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Hundreds of Acres Charred in Cajon Pass Blaze

A brush fire charred hundreds of acres Monday morning in the Cajon Pass, causing major traffic trouble. By 5 p.m., firefighters were beginning to get a handle on the flames and previously shutdown lanes were slowly reopening. Craig Fiegener reports from Devore for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2012.
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Two southbound lanes of the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass remained closed Tuesday morning while all northbound lanes were reopened as crews continued to battle a brush fire that has scorched 350 acres.

The lanes were closed for an unknown duration between Kenwood Avenue and Blue Cut, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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The so-called Devore Fire that started on Monday prompted evacuations and the closure of two freeways, including the 15, the main route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Fire crews had the blaze 60 percent contained as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The 15 and 215 freeways reopened after being shut down while crews responded the blaze, which began about 11 a.m. during a week when hot, dry temperatures prompted a Red Flag fire warning.

Fire officials expected to have the blaze fully under control by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

A red flag warning, indicating a high fire danger, was effect Monday for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as the week began with strong winds, low humidity and above-normal temperatures before the possibility of snow in the mountains by Friday.

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