Published Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 2030 hours PT

The BRONCO FIRE broke out earlier this afternoon on northbound I-15, north Kenwood Avenue on Cajon Pass (San Bernardino County), California.

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Aviation Assets: AA 112, LEAD71, T70, T72, T73, T100, T107, T160, HT25M, COPTERS 106, 534, 912, OES Intel 24. Incident Cooperators: SCBUSD_OES, San Bernardino National Forest, Caltrans District 8

The forward rate of spread was stopped just before 1530 hours this afternoon. The USFS stated a handline and hoseline have been fully laid around the fire perimeter.

Credit | SBNF

Crews will continue to staff this incident until all mop-up efforts have been completed, which may take them throughout the night.

There has not been a final number of acres burned but multiple fire watchers are saying on their Socials it is anywhere from 50-90 acres.

Just after 1730 hours, the fire was listed at under 100 acres with a 20% containment status.

A heavy presence of fire resources will be on the scene tomorrow to ensure all fire and hot spots have been put out.

The cause is unknown and under investigation. Sounds like Fire Officials are waiting until tomorrow to tally up all of the numbers.

This wildfire incident could have been much worse, but firefighters aggressively engaged all available resources from the air to the ground, which saved a lot of homes, animal shelter, and other structures in the immediate area.

The smoke was visibly seen from the freeway, slowing cars and trucks and causing heavy freeway backups. Caltrans would eventually shut down the freeway, closing the northbound lanes on I-15 also seen from the Rancho Cucamonga area. The fire department reassured their residents, visitors, and traveling public, that there is no fire in their City.

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