A huge fire in the Cajon Pass. Cars and trucks are trapped on the 15 freeway. More later.
Saw it on the news. That was scary but I don't understand why they don't clear the freeway.
Frank, This is not a case where you just clear the freeway. This is 7 - 8 miles of a long steep canyon freeway that is reduced from 4 lanes at the bottom to 2 lanes through the area due to road construction. They were STOPPED, grid locked, due to Friday rush hour, escape from the city, and traffic going to Las Vegas.
The drivers were told to leave their cars and run down the road away from the fire. Staying in the car was not an option due to direct flame exposure. They took their luggage and keys and ran away. There was not an option of turning around, exiting, or taking alternate routes. This is rural steep mountainous area with a single freeway through the mountains.
This is a canyon where winds in the afternoon line up with the canyon from the bottom and are funneled to the dry desert. The winds are concentrated due to funneling. A firefighters "Watch Out" situation. These poor citizens were without any protection except to run away from the scene. We are fortunate to not have lost them.
Have a good day.
In that desert area and drought conditions as they are, I wonder how long it takes for that area to recover? It's not the same as prairie grass getting burned.