Homes no longer in danger from Calif wildfire

Associated Press

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in a Southern California mountain pass is no longer threatening homes but a major highway remains shut down.

Authorities say the 350-acre fire in Cajon Pass is 5 percent surrounded Monday afternoon and TV news helicopters overhead are showing little smoke.

But Interstate 15, the major connector between Southern California and Las Vegas, is still closed. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Billy Rangel says it could be several hours before it's reopened.

The fire broke out as the region baked under the influence of a Santa Ana condition producing hot, dry air, winds of 10 mph and gusts of about 25 mph.

Homes in an area known as Mathews Ranch were ordered evacuated, but it was not immediately clear how many people were affected.

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