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(Message started by: Norm_Anderson on Aug 16th, 2016, 11:31pm)

Title: Major Wildfire on Cajon Pass
Post by Norm_Anderson on Aug 16th, 2016, 11:31pm
This is a breaking news story-- a wildfire has broken out in the heart of Cajon Pass. It is named the "Blue Cut Fire," because its epicenter is at Blue Cut, the narrowest point of the canyon, a couple of miles below the famous Sullivan's Curve.  As of a few hours ago it had burned over 9,000 acres (nearly fifteen square miles), and is zero percent contained-- meaning that it is growing larger by the minute. More than 82,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders, including the entire mountain resort town of Wrightwood. No fatalities have been recorded so far, but this fire is an aggressive and ravenous beast.  Hopefully, more details to follow.



Title: Re: Major Wildfire on Cajon Pass
Post by Norm_Anderson on Aug 17th, 2016, 9:45am
Overnight last night, the fire has grown to 15,000 acres (25 square miles), still zero percent contained. Interstate 15 is shut down in both directions. and I would be shocked if any trains were being allowed through. Amtrak's Southwest Chief is being detoured west from Barstow to Mojave, then south through Palmdale and San Fernando to reach Los Angeles (ex-San Francisco Chief mileage between Barstow and Mojave, and ex- San Joaquin Daylight mileage between Mojave and LA.) Firefighters today will be working in 100+ degree heat, armed with nothing but shovels . . .

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