The fire delayed Southern California visitors from making the Friday afternoon drive into Las Vegas for the weekend.
Firefighting aircraft were temporarily grounded by drone activity in the skies overhead but water drops have since resumed, reports CBS News correspondent Danielle Nottingham. VIDEO: Flames engulf big rig on 15 Freeway as North Fire spreadsTwo lanes on the northbound 15 Freeway were reopened at about 8:30 p.m., but southbound lanes remained closed.
Earlier in the afternoon, San Bernardino confirmed that five homes are burning and 50 more are threatened.
Melissa Atalla said she could see the flames from her gas station in Baldy Mesa.
Those on the freeway caught in the wake of the blaze ran for their lives as traffic ground to a halt and embers flying on 40 miles per hour winds carried the intense heat over the freeway. Mandatory evacuations were in place east of Sheep Creek, west of the 395 and 15 freeways and south of Phelan Road.
Several burnt-out cars sat on the highway.
Also in Southern California on Friday, a forest fire broke out in the San Gabriel Mountains, forcing several hundred campers to flee and threatening structures in the community of Wrightwood.
Terrified motorists abandon their cars as raging wildfire blows across California highway and torches EVERYTHING in its wake.
So far, no injuries have been reported, according to Uriah Herneandez, the U.S. Forest Service spokesman.
Russell Allevato, 45, of Southgate, Michigan, was traveling from Las Vegas to Los Angeles with his two teenage daughters, his nephew and his nephew’s girlfriend.
Some 70 to 80 vehicles were left on the freeway, some without keys, California Highway Patrol spokesman Steve Carapia.