North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass


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kein Bild USA, California, San Bernardino County. On July 17, 2015 at about 2:30 p.m. a brushfire was reported near the 15 Freeway two miles north of State Route 138. Three days later, the fire leaves 4.200 acres of land burned, 44 vehicles, 16 outbuildings and 7 homes destroyed and many residents of the community of Baldy Mesa in shock.

Immediately after the report of the fire all north- and southbound lanes of 15 Freeway were closed. This resulted in a gridlock; traffic on Highway 138 for example was backed up for miles. Only 85 minutes later, by 3:45 p.m., the fire was at 500 acres. Then 5 drones of unknown origin caused a fateful delay in responding to the blazing fire. Drones are a serious safety issue to airplanes, so they were forced to land and pause for 20 Minutes. “They can strike one of these things and one of our aircraft could go down, killing the firefighters in the air. This is serious to us. It is a serious, not only life threat, not only to our firefighters in the air, but when we look at the vehicles that were overrun by fire, it was definitely a life-safety threat to the motorists on Interstate 15”, says John Miller of the US Forest Service about the drones. San Bernardino Fire County Fire Batallion Chief Marc Peebles made an appeal on TV:”To those drone pilots out there – please stay out of our airspace!”

The delay caused by the drones contributed to the fire jumping the 15 Freeway, where it destroyed 20 vehicles. When the flames spread to a big rig, flames were shooting up and black clouds of smoke soared into the sky. Fortunately, all vehicle occupants fled quickly enough as the fire approached; no major injuries were reported, according to an official. However, the material damage is high.

The strong Santa Ana winds, high temperatures and low humidity accelerated the wildfire. The dry vegetation didn’t offer any resistance to the flames. By 5:30 p.m. the flames already burned 3.500 acres. More than 250 residents were demanded to leave. Firefighters gave their best to protect homes in Baldy Mesa, Oak Hill and Phelan by putting out spot fires and providing structure protection. Over 40 houses were saved but 7 homes got destroyed. On Saturday, Jul 18, all lanes of the 15 Freeway reopened and residents were allowed to go back to their homes as the mandatory evacuations were lifted. Heavy rainfall on Sunday helped the firefighters to get the brushfire under control. A total of 676 firefighters, 22 firecrews, 3 dozers and 8 water tenders were on operation to shut the fire down and control hot spots afterwards.

It is still under investigation what caused the fire. Forecasters warn of an ongoing high fire danger in the Southern California region.





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Northfire Cajon Pass
Urheber: Los Angeles Times
source: Los Angeles Times


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name: North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
type: fire (large)
place: Hepseria
date: 17.07.2015 - 02:30
time: 72h
adress: Cajon Pass, San Bernardino County
fire departments:
Hesperia Fire Protection District - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Hesperia Fire Protection District
Hepseria Fire Station 301 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Hepseria Fire Station 301
Hepseria Fire Station 302 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Hepseria Fire Station 302
Hepseria Fire Station 305 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Hepseria Fire Station 305
Hepseria Fire Station 304 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Hepseria Fire Station 304
firefighting vehicles:
  
Command vehicle - Hepseria Fire Station 304 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Command vehicle - Hepseria Fire Station 304
Ladder truck - Hepseria Fire Station 304 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Ladder truck - Hepseria Fire Station 304
Water tender - Hepseria Fire Station 304 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Water tender - Hepseria Fire Station 304
Brush engine - Hepseria Fire Station 305 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Brush engine - Hepseria Fire Station 305
Wildland water tender - Hepseria Fire Station 305 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Wildland water tender - Hepseria Fire Station 305
Reserve engine I - Hepseria Fire Station 305 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Reserve engine I - Hepseria Fire Station 305
Reserve engine II - Hepseria Fire Station 305 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Reserve engine II - Hepseria Fire Station 305
Heavy rescue vehicle - Hepseria Fire Station 304 - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Heavy rescue vehicle - Hepseria Fire Station 304
firefighting crew:
  
Gary Bush - Hesperia Fire Protection District - North Fire destroys vehicles and homes in Cajon Pass
Gary Bush


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