Several vehicles stopped on the freeway were burning, aerial video from Sky5 showed.
(5:32 p.m.) San Bernardino confirms that 5 homes are burning. As of 3:45 p.m., the North Fire had rapidly grown to about 500 acres. It appeared multiple vehicles had caught fire.
Structures in the Baldy Mesa community, west of Victorville and Hesperia, were threatened.
A fast, wind-whipped wildfire swept over a crowded California freeway Friday, sending drivers running for safety and setting more than a dozen vehicles ablaze, officials said.
“At which point everybody on the freeway just started turning their vehicles around”, he said.
A drone flying near the blaze forced crews to abandon air drops, which would mark the third time in a matter of weeks that firefighters have been grounded due to the devices.
Firefighters first responded to the report of a vehicle fire on northbound Interstate 15 between State Route 138 and Oak Hills exits, the National Forest stated.
The fire was under unified command with San Bernardino County Fire Department, Cal Fire, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, according to the multi-agency federal wildfire website InciWeb.
Victims were possibly trapped in cars on Interstate 15, which is the main freeway from Southern California to Las Vegas, CNN reported.