Devore Fire 100% Contained
Incident: Devore Wildfire
San Bernardino, Calif., November 6, 2012 – US Forest Service fire officials declare the Devore Fire 100% contained at 6:00 p.m. this evening.
The fire was reported at 10:55 am on Monday November 5th adjacent to the northbound Interstate 15 freeway between the Kenwood and Cleghorn exits. The rapidly spreading fire burnt in a south southeast direction along the east side of Interstate 15 freeway, pushed by the predicted Santa Ana winds blowing from the north. The winds blew burning embers across the freeway prompting fire and law enforcement officials to close Interstate 15 freeway to all traffic in both directions for several hours.
Firefighters from several fire departments in the Inland Empire aggressively attacked the fire from ground and air. They were very successful in stopping the fire before it had a chance to pose a serious threat to community of Devore.
During the course of the firefight, three residences in the Mathews Ranch were evacuated and no damage was reported at the ranch. The evacuation order has been lifted.
Fire crews will continue to improve fire control lines around the perimeter of the fire area and knock down hot spots within the fire area.
Caltrans crews have replaced fire damaged guardrails along the southbound lanes of Interstate 15.
All lanes on Interstate 15 in both directions are open to the motoring public.
The California Highway Patrol cautions motorists to be careful traveling in the fire area, since fire crews will be working along the shoulder.
Fire officials expect full control on Thursday evening