15 Freeway in Fontana Reopens After Brush Fire Shutters Lanes

By Samantha Tata
|  Monday, May 13, 2013  |  Updated 5:42 PM PDT
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Crews Mop Up Hot Spots From Freeway-Closing Fire

A fire erupted along the 15 Freeway in Fontana on Monday, May 13, 2013, forcing the closure of the nearby freeway and coming within yards of buildings.

A brush fire erupted amid sweltering temperatures in Fontana Monday afternoon, forcing the closure of a portion of the 15 Freeway, authorities said.

Dubbed the "Lytle Fire," the blaze was reported about 1:20 p.m. It had grown to consume at least 75 acres within an hour, according to CAL Fire.

By 3:30 p.m., crews had stopped the fire's spread, the fire was 20 percent contained, and both sides of the 15 Freeway had reopened

A portion of the thoroughfare in both directions was closed at Sierra Avenue for hours earlier in the day, according to CAL Fire and a SigAlert issued for the area.

The Lytle Fire broke out amid a heat wave that threatened to bring record-breaking, triple-digit temperatures.

It was about 96 degrees in Fontana by 2:30 p.m., with 12 percent humidity and winds about 8 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

No injuries from the fire were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The blaze damaged a sign at a Jack-in-the-Box drive-thru.

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