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Cajon Pass brush fire 25% contained; 1 lane of 15 Freeway closed

Cajon Pass brush fire 25% contained; 1 lane of 15 Freeway closed
Map shows the location of a brush fire in the Cajon Pass, which burned on both sides of the 15 Freeway on Tuesday. (U.S. Forest Service)

A brush fire that scorched about seven acres in the Cajon Pass and forced authorities to close two lanes of the 15 Freeway was 25% contained Tuesday night.

About 180 firefighters, aided by a helicopter that was making nighttime water drops, were battling the blaze, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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The California Highway Patrol said that one lane of the freeway remained closed and might not reopen until Wednesday morning.

The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. north of the Kenwood Avenue exit and briefly threatened homes. Flames burned on both sides of the freeway, fire officials said.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

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