I-15 in Cajon Pass reopens amid Blue Cut Fire - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

I-15 in Cajon Pass reopens amid Blue Cut Fire

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A thick cloud of smoke hovers over Interstate 15 in Southern California in this image from Aug. 16, 2016. (Source: Gabriella Tra) A thick cloud of smoke hovers over Interstate 15 in Southern California in this image from Aug. 16, 2016. (Source: Gabriella Tra)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Transportation officials in California reopened both northbound and southbound lanes in the Cajon Pass, despite the ongoing firefighting effort against the Blue Cut Fire.

Earlier this week, the fire forced the closure of a portion of Interstate 15. Thousands of California residents were also forced to evacuate their homes.

California Department of Transportation said northbound I-15 lanes reopened Wednesday night. Southbound lanes were reopened Thursday between Oak Hill Road and Kenwood Avenue. Existing road work in the No. 1 lane in the stretch will remain closed. 

In addition, ramps between that stretch will also be inaccessible.

Despite the reopening, Caltrans advised delays in the area.

The following alternate routes will remain in place to provide detour options for motorists:

  • Eastbound I-10 to eastbound SR-62 to northbound SR-247 to westbound SR-18 to I-15 northbound.
  • Northbound I-5 to northbound SR-14 to eastbound SR-58 to I-15.
  • SR-18 south through Apple Valley, Lucerne Valley and Big Bear to SR-330 south to I-210.

I-15 is a major freeway that connects Las Vegas to many points in Southern California.

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