Cars burst into flames in California as 2,000-acre fire closes freeway

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(July 17, 2015) — Several cars and trucks in a long line of abandoned vehicles on a California freeway caught fire as flames from a brush fire jumped the highway Friday.

Smoke was towering above the North Fire in the Cajon Pass on July 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Smoke was towering above the North Fire in the Cajon Pass on July 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

There were no reports of injuries, said Steve Carapia of the California Highway Patrol. He estimated there were up to 70 cars, trucks and tractor-trailers on I-15 northbound near San Bernardino.

Video shot from helicopters over the blaze showed several cars and the cab of a tractor-trailer on fire. A boat on a trailer was also ablaze. Helicopters dumped fire retardant on some of the vehicles.

CNN affiliate KTLA said at least 10 vehicles were burned.

Fire officials said they were working a 500-acre brush fire in the Cajon Pass. The fire is called the North Fire. By 4:45 p.m., the fire reached 2,000 acres.

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