US wildfire reaches Interstate 5 near Los Angeles
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
According to the forest spokeswoman Dee Dechert, the fire is 50 percent contained, but it has damaged Southern California Edison power lines, causing traffic jams. The two right northbound lanes on Interstate 5 had to be shut down, backing up traffic for several miles; they were still closed Tuesday morning. However, no homes or other structures are at risk.
As of 7 pm local time on Tuesday, 500 people, mostly from Los Angeles County Fire Department, were working to contain the fire in heat that exceeded 100 ℉ (38 ℃). According to authorities, four helicopters and six air tankers were also on the scene to control the flames, which are being pushed northeast by a 5 miles (8 km) per hour wind.
The only injury reported so far occurred when a firefighter was stung by a bee.
- "Over 13,500 evacuated after wildfire in California" — Wikinews, May 8, 2009