LOS ANGELES – A fast-moving brush fire swept over Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County on Friday, igniting 20 vehicles, damaging 10 others and threatening mountain communities. Five homes were damaged.
In a region where brush fires are a way of life, the scene on the main route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas was surreal. For more than an hour, cars, trucks and even a boat burned as news helicopters recorded the destruction.
Helicopters made water drops on burning vehicles.
Dozens of vehicles were abandoned on the freeway as drivers fled the flames, making it difficult for emergency responders to maneuver.
"I've never seen anything like this before," said Highway Patrol Officer Steve Carapia.
Los Angeles Times