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San Bernardino County wildfire in Cajon Pass about 40 percent contained; I-15 reopens

The Devore Fire burns in San Bernardino County on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.
The Devore Fire burns in San Bernardino County on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.
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Firefighters are making progress Tuesday morning on a brush fire in the Cajon Pass that shut down Interstates 15 and 215 for several hours and also threatened at least three homes.

Cal Fire spokesman Bill Peters said crews are working to surround the fire while keeping an eye out again for wind gusts.  

“They were enough to drive the fire very rapidly through the very tender, dry vegetation and so that is the same concern into today," Peters said. "While it’s not supposed to be as hot and the winds will probably die down, there is still always that possibility.” 

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The Devore Fire started about 11 a.m. Monday and quickly spread in dry Santa Ana conditions to burn about 350 acres. At one point, the flames got close to the busy freeway and jumped across the lanes in San Bernardino County that connects Southern California with Las Vegas, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Even though I-15 has reopened, there are some lane closures, so the drive is expected to be slow in the area, the California Highway Patrol said.  I-215 has also reopened. Three residences in Matthews Ranch were evacuated and no damage was reported.

The fire was about 40 percent contained early Tuesday morning. Firefighters expect to have full containment by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.