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Crews quickly put out fire in Cajon Pass

October 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Firefighters quickly put out a brush fire that broke out Thursday morning in the Cajon Pass.The fire was reported at around 9:20 a.m. along Interstate 15 between Duncan Canyon and Summit roads in Fontana. A lane of traffic was shut down while crews battled the blaze.

At the time of the fire, wind speeds were reported anywhere between 15 to 20 miles per hour, but gusting higher than that.

The fire burned a couple of acres.

Fortunately, firefighters had it out before it could reach any homes.

In previous weeks, there were several wildfires in the Inland Empire. Those fires were driven by Santa Ana winds combined with low humidity and high temperatures.

"We've had below average rainfall for three years and not a lot of moisture," said Bill Peters, CalFire.

Peters said the region is very susceptible to even the smallest flame.

The air tanker base in San Bernardino has two air tankers and two helitankers on standby just in case the fire gets out of control.

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