A destructive wildfire swept across Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass in Southern California around 3 p.m. on Friday. As the fire spread, vehicles on the freeway were swallowed in flames; 20 cars were destroyed while 10 more were damanged.
Stranded drivers evacuating fire in CA in Cajon Pass pic.twitter.com/FSijQCiYLB— katie haynes (@thekatiehaynes) July 18, 2015
As the fire grew and threatened to overtake the entire road, drivers fled their vehicles. The road quickly clogged with abandoned cars, making relief efforts all the more difficult.
Helicopters have been spraying flame retardant chemical on the fire to blow it out.
Such fires, although quite common in the state, have worsened recently due to the four-year-long drought in California.