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Hundreds flee 2-square-mile brush fire in California

Gene Blevins / Reuters

Traffic on Interstate 15 is backed up in one direction as a result of the Hill Fire in Oak Hills in the Cajon Pass September 2, 2011. The fast-moving fire, which broke out on a median of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass, was burning at the edge of Oak Hills, where 1,500 homes were under a mandatory evacuation order, authorities said.

James Quigg / AP

A fire helicopter drops water over homes in Oak Hills, Calif., after a fast-moving wildfire erupted Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, on the main interstate between Southern California and Las Vegas.

Lafonzo Rachal / AP

Firefighters knock down a blaze in brush near a home Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 near Hesperia, Calif.

Douglas A Saunders Sr. / AP

A fire helicopter drops fire retardent in Oak Hills, Calif., after a fast-moving wildfire erupted Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, on the main interstate between Southern California and Las Vegas, forcing evacuations of 1,500 homes, temporarily closing the freeway to holiday weekend traffic and surging through hundreds of acres of desert brush.

From AP:

HESPERIA, Calif. — A fast-moving wildfire erupted Friday on the main interstate between Southern California and Las Vegas, forcing evacuations of 1,500 homes and temporarily closing the freeway to holiday weekend traffic before firefighters beat back the flames.

The fire began at around 1 p.m. on the center divider of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass. It grew to 1,100 acres, or nearly 2 square miles within hours, jumping the freeway and burning chaparral in rolling hills that form the nearby San Bernardino National Forest and unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Read the latest news about the fire.