Fire In Cajon Pass Is A Reminder That Fire Season Is Here

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Oak Hills)- – On one of the hottest days of the season so far a small vegetation fire caused some traffic delays in the Cajon Pass Thursday.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department shortly before 11:00 a.m., units responded to reports of a vegetation fire east of Interstate 15 at the top of the Cajon Pass.  The first units on scene reported a ½ acre of dry grass burning and spreading south down into the Pass.

Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service responded, including the Del Rosa Hotshots, who provided additional suppression and support.

An aggressive attack protected communication structures in the area and stopped the forward progression of the fire.  The fire was contained to ¾ of an acre.

The right lane of northbound I-15 was closed for a short time while crews battled the fire.  This caused traffic to back up for about a mile.

The cause of the fire appears accidental though investigation remains in progress.

Just a reminder, as we enter into the hot, dry months of the year, it is never safe to dispose of cigarettes out of car windows.  If you see someone do this, call the CHP.

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