Brush fire out of control in the Cajon Pass, California


Officials said about 700 firefighters were battling to control the blaze. “It is a very fast-moving fire, it has wind behind it,” said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Lyn Sieliet. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino County for the Bluecut Fire, which allows state agencies to come to the assistance of local officials. Nobody was seriously hurt, but the fire left two firefighters with minor injuries assisting evacuations in the Swarthout Canyon area west of the Cajon Pass. The entire community of Wrightwood was forced to evacuate Tuesday afternoon, and by nightfall, the evacuations extended to the edge of Los Angeles County. BNSF Railway Company also halted train operations through the Cajon Pass.”There is no escape,” people say.


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