Incident: Devore Wildfire
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Fire Info Center (909) 383-5688
San Bernardino, Calif., November 5, 2012 - Firefighters quickly responded to the report of a wildfire in Cajon Pass just before 11:00 am on Monday. The Devore Fire started at 10:55 am and it burned 350 acres north of the Kenwood Exit on Interstate 15.
Firefighters from the US Forest Service, CalFire, San Bernardino County Fire, and several fire agencies throughout San Bernardino County responded, taking immediate, aggressive and decisive actions to battle the blaze. The fire is currently 5% contained and full containment is expected by 6:00 pm on November 6.
Anticipating the hot, dry, and windy weather early this week, the US Forest Service sent two hotshot crews, three hand crews, and 15 engines from northern CA forests to supplement fire coverage in southern California. These resources, totaling approximately 175 personnel, were mobilized through the Northern California Coordination Center in Redding.
Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol closed Interstate 15 to all traffic from SR138 in the north to Sierra Avenue in the south. The 215 Freeway is closed to northbound traffic at the Palm/Kendall Exit.
CalTrans and the California Highway Patrol expect to open two lanes both north and south bound Interstate 15 soon. Motorists are urged to delay travel through the Cajon Pass if possible as traffic is expected to be heavy into the evening hours.
Mandatory evacuations are still in place for residents in Matthews Ranch.
The fire is being managed under unified command by the US Forest Service, CalFire, San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff's department.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
For more information please visit us at www.inciweb.org/incident/3307, call us at 909-383-5688 or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF
Quick Fire Facts:
Fire Start Date: 11/05/2012
Fire Report Time: 10:55 am
Location: Cajon Pass
Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Fire Fighters Assigned: 450
Fire Engines: 54
Fire Crews: 12
Fire Dozers: 5
Air Tankers: 8
Air Attack: 1
Road Closures: Interstate 15 between Sierra Ave. and Hwy 138, 215 north of Palm/Kendall, Cajon Blvd.
Evacuations: Matthews Ranch
Terrain: steep and rugged
Cooperating Agencies: CalFire, San Bernardino County Fire, Rancho Cucamonga Fire, Ontario Fire, Rialto Fire, San Bernardino City Fire, CHP, CalTrans, San Bernardino Sheriff's Office
About the U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino National Forest
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