Motorists Flee As Wildfire Destroys 20 Vehicles on California Freeway

A fast-moving wildfire swept across a Southern California freeway in a mountain pass, destroying 20 vehicles and sending motorists running to safety. , authorities said Friday the fire also burned at least five homes, but there were no reports of serious injuries. The fire started in the Cajon Pass along Interstate 15 — the main highway between Southern California and Las Vegas — and quickly chewed through bone-dry brush. As firefighters gained control on the freeway, the flames spread to 3,500 acres and burned at least five homes in the rural community of Baldy Mesa. About 50 more were threatened.