Aug 17, 2016

Homes burn, thousands flee as out-of-control brush fire chars 30,000 acres in Cajon Pass

Cajon Pass, California
USA
by
Paloma Esquivel, Sarah Parvini, Shane Newell and James Queally
,
Los Angeles Times
Raw video from Blue Cut fire near the Cajon Pass. Photo: Los Angeles Times
Raw video from Blue Cut fire near the Cajon Pass. Photo: Los Angeles Times

Firefighters on Wednesday continued their battle with a brush fire that exploded out of control in the Cajon Pass and has rapidly scorched through 30,000 acres. Walls of flames forced more than 80,000 people to evacuate and destroyed an unknown number of homes in several rural San Bernardino County communities.

Fed by strong winds, bone-dry brush and 100-degree temperatures, the Blue Cut fire, which broke out Tuesday, marched across hills, canyons and flatlands into the night as firefighters struggled to get a handle on a blaze they fear will get worse. Fire officials said there was no containment in sight