The Devore Fire began at 10:55 am on Monday November 5th adjacent to the northbound Interstate 15 freeway between the Kenwood and Cleghorn exits.
The first US Forest Service engine company on scene reported the fire had grown to five acres with a moderate to rapid rate of spread in steep rocky terrain.
The fire burnt in a south southeast direction along the northbound Interstate 15 freeway, prompting fire and law enforcement officials to close the northbound Interstate 15 freeway to all traffic. The winds pushed embers across Interstate 15 and started a 30 acre spot fire on the west side of the freeway, which forced officials to also close the southbound Interstate 15. The fire burned approximately 335 acres before firefighters were able to stop the forward progression of the fire.
During the course of the firefight, three residences in the Mathews Ranch were evacuated and no damage was reported at the ranch. The evacuation order has been lifted.
The US Forest Service was is in unified command with Cal Fire, San Bernardino County Fire, and the San Bernardino Sheriff Department until 6:00 p.m., the US Forest Service has resumed command of the fire.
Firefighters have contained the fire as of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 6, 2012. Fire crews will continue to improve fire control lines around the perimeter of the fire area and knock down hot spots within the fire area.
Caltrans crews replaced damaged guardrails along the southbound lanes of Interstate 15.
All lanes on Interstate 15 in both directions are open to the motoring public.
The California Highway Patrol cautions motorists to be careful traveling in the fire area, since fire crews will be working along the shoulder.
Firefighters have accurately mapped the acreage, downsizing the size of the fire from 350-375 acres to the final acreage of 335.
Fire officials expect full control on Thursday evening.
|Date of Origin||Monday November 05th, 2012 approx. 10:55 AM|
|Location||Interstate 15 in Cajon Pass|
|Incident Commander||Jason Winbigler|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday November 06th, 2012 approx. 06:00 PM|
Active fire behavior was observed. The fire was primarily fuel and wind driven.
Evacuations took place in the Matthew's Ranch area. Highway 15,although initially closed in both directions, all lanes are now open.
The immediate, aggressive, and decisive actions by firefighters were instrumental in the limiting of the forward rate of spread.
steep and rugged
Initial attack resources at the height of the firefight included 54 engines, 6 water tenders, 5 dozers, 12 hand crews, 5 air tankers, 5 helicopters
|Wind Conditions||10-20 mph N|