Tourists visiting the U.S. West should be aware of a dangerous situation in San Bernardino County in Southern California.
The main freeway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas is used by thousands of tourists, gamblers, locals every day. Known as I-15 this popular interstate is now closed on stretches between L.A. and Las Vegas calling for lengthy detours and delays.
It’s all because of a dangerous wild fire also now called “blue fire” was first detected at 10:38 on Tuesday on Highway 138, west of Interstate 15 between Lone Pine Canyon Road and Hess Road, San Bernardino County.
Evacuated areas included the ski-resort town of Wrightwood, where some 4,500 people live; canyon communities containing clusters of large, scattered ranches; and sprawling high desert communities on the opposite side of the ridges.
Blue Mountain Farms, a horse ranch in Phelan, was in the path of the fire about 60 miles east of Los Angeles — just as it was for another fire in the area a year ago.
The fire quickly established itself, making a moderate run up a slope, then wind on it and carried it across the highway. Within an hour, it had spread to 1,000 acres; 24 hours later, the inferno had engulfed 30,000 acres with 0 percent containment.
The National Wildfire Coordinating Group states in its update Wednesday morning, 34,500 homes and 82,640 people are being affected by an evacuation warnings.”