Car fire on Interstate 15 delays California-Nevada traffic

Updated July 2, 2017 - 7:40 pm

A car fire on Interstate 15 near Mountain Pass is delaying traffic coming into Nevada from California.

About 2:30 p.m. Sunday, a small gray SUV caught fire on northbound I-15, about 17 miles from the Nevada border, according to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic site.

The fire spread to the mountain, and smoke reduced visibility in the north and southbound lanes, the Highway Patrol said.

San Bernardino Fire Department spokesman Eric Sherwin said the fire spread out over about 15 acres. Firefighters from San Bernardino, Clark County and the Bureau of Land Management are responding.

“It’s burning fast and putting off a whole lot of smoke, but thankfully there aren’t any heavier fuels out there that could make it into something more substantial,” Sherwin said.

He said no firefighters or civilians were injured.

All three northbound lanes of the highway were shut down, according to the Highway Patrol, and as of 5 p.m. all but one lane had reopened.

Contact Max Michor at mmichor@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @MaxMichor on Twitter.

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