الجمعة , مايو 21 2021

California fire sweeps major highway

A fast moving brush fire has sent dozens of people fleeing from their cars on a major roadway in southern California.

The fire, in the Cajon pass, is reported to have left at least 20 vehicles on the I-15 in flames and has left hundreds possibly thousands of people stranded in the desert.

It broke out at the start of the weekend during peak travel time.

There have been no confirmed reports of injuries.

Footage from news helicopters shows dramatic pictures of people walking away from the flames, covering their faces and trying not to breathe in the noxious smoke and fumes.

Several lanes of the road have been closed, causing traffic to back up for miles.


Several vehicles have been gutted by the flames


Extremely dry weather conditions have helped the fire to spread


Traffic is backed up for several miles around the affected area


A plume of smoke rose from the area of the fire

“It’s crazy, you’re watching black clouds and white clouds of smoke, there’s a ridgeline off to my right… and it looks like any second flames will come over the ridgeline,” said 43-year-old Chris Patterson, quoted by AP news agency.

Several dozen vehicles have been abandoned – and some are completely engulfed in flames.

Firefighters asked evacuating motorists to leave their keys in the cars – in the hope that they could clear the cars once the fire is under control.

Aircraft are dropping flame retardant chemicals on the fire.

The I-15 is the main road linking Los Angeles and Las Vegas and is particularly busy at the weekends as southern Californians

Wildfires are common in California, but have been exacerbated by the four-year drought gripping the state.

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