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2nd Alarm Fire Threatens Structures and Closes NB 15 Freeway

VICTORVILLE:(VVNG.com)- A fast-moving wind driven fire shut down the 15 freeway for several hours on Thursday afternoon.

At about 3:45 p.m. on June 30th San Bernardino County Firefighters were dispatched to a report of a vegetation fire on the Palmdale Road off-ramp to the northbound 15 freeway.

Crews arrived within four minutes and located a spot of vegetation on fire. Due to the strong winds, the fire quickly spread to surrounding brush and large pine trees. The fire jumped over the Palmdale Road overpass and onto the Palmdale Road on-ramp.

Due to the heavy brush and rapid rate of spread, crews requested a 2nd Alarm bringing additional resources from the region, including 2 San Bernardino County Fire All risk hand crews. A total of 65 San Bernardino County Fire personnel were assigned to the fire.

Firefighters engaged in an aggressive attack protecting multiple commercial buildings from the fire. Due to the close proximity to the I-15 freeway, several lanes were closed to protect motorists.

East and westbound Palmdale Road was closed at the 15 freeway till about 9:00 pm. Valley Center Drive was also closed in both directions for structure protection. CHP opened the no. 1 lane of the northbound 15 at about 9pm.

Public Information Officer Eric Spies said the fire was contained to 4 acres with no damage reported to any of the threatened structures or roadways. No injuries were reported to civilians or fire personnel.

Several fire Investigators are working to determine the fire’s cause and origin.

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