Rain calms California fire that jumped freeway, burned cars

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California Fire That Jumped Interstate 15 Calms Overnight


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rain is calming a fast-moving wildfire that sent people running for their lives when flames swept across a California freeway and destroyed 20 cars.

The storm on Saturday brought relief to crews fighting the fire burning in a mountainous area 55 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

The fire swept across Interstate 15 on Friday, destroying the vehicles before burning three homes and 44 more vehicles in the community of Baldy Mesa. It has blackened 5.5 square miles.

Photos from the wildfire:

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Rain calms California fire that jumped freeway, burned cars
“Cars were going in the opposite direction…people got scared.” Motorist recounts #NorthFire: http://t.co/bcMJ4ARyp9 http://t.co/VC6GRXry9A
PHELAN, CA - JULY 17: A boat is among the vehicles burned on the 15 Freeway July 17, 2015 in Phelan, Califonia. A brush fire jumped the freeway destroying 20 vehicles and damaging 10 others near San Bernardino. Drivers and passengers were forced to abandon their cars in the Cajon Pass. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
PHELAN, CA - JULY 17: Burned cars sit on a car carrier on the 15 Freeway July 17, 2015 in Phelan, Califonia. A fast moving brush fire jumped the freeway destroying 20 vehicles and damaging 10 others near San Bernardino. Drivers and passengers were forced to abandon their cars in the Cajon Pass. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Flames approach homes during #NorthFire, which has burned 5 homes already. Watch live: http://t.co/iENpSzKvDW http://t.co/GTnkyjfl5I
#NorthFire Fire has reached Sage st in Baldy Mesa @sbcountysheriff 40King5 assisting #StructureDefense w/ recon http://t.co/F7SeLslCgq
In this photo provided by NBC4, smoke rises from vehicles as a fast-moving wildfire swept across a freeway Friday, July 17, 2015, near Hesperia, Calif. The fire swept by desert winds burned on both sides of Interstate 15, the main connector between Southern California and Las Vegas that was crowded with vehicles. (NBC4 via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Smoke rises from vehicles as a fast-moving wildfire swept across a freeway Friday, July 17, 2015, near Hesperia, Calif. The fire swept by desert winds burned on both sides of Interstate 15, the main connector between Southern California and Las Vegas that was crowded with vehicles. (NBC4 via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Truck burning on I15 in California, via KTLA.
LIVE VIDEO: Several vehicles caught in brush fire in Cajon Pass, CA. DC-10 on the scene, http://t.co/JIxPc9tYUC http://t.co/tf4uowhu2a
"CHAOS": Cars Erupting In Flames as Brush Fire Jumps Across Fwy. In California WATCH LIVE: http://t.co/YsWPq9V7jB http://t.co/RHA3u92W8G
In less than a half an hour, the fire in #California has quadrupled in size, from 500 to 2,000 acres. Stay w #CNN http://t.co/nCGkCYzWOR
DEVELOPING: Multiple homes in danger due to fire in California http://t.co/kVDfasYhhn http://t.co/QGxSouHSQM (photos by @SBCOUNTYFIRE)
Cars burst into flames as wildfire crosses over 15 Freeway in Southern California http://t.co/QjzK8pOehC @NBCLA http://t.co/H3Pn6JMTqO
Terrifying scene in CA where a wildfire jumped Cajon Pass and caught vehicles on fire http://t.co/xv8dPc7tGe http://t.co/3xUEAgbO3J
Brush fire jumps Southern California freeway, burning cars http://t.co/qU9uUNSM0m http://t.co/gfrVvF3LEa
Stranded drivers evacuating fire in CA in Cajon Pass http://t.co/FSijQCiYLB
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Firefighters are focusing on protecting some 700 homes in the area. About 2,800 people were evacuated.

The rain is also helping slow the spread of another wildfire that broke out Friday about 20 miles away in the San Gabriel Mountains. That fire forced hundreds of campers to evacuate, including a Girl Scout troop.

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