Cajon Pass wildfire could pose threat to radioactive waste shipment

It is very difficult to determine if the Cajon Pass wildfire on I-15 in California poses a threat to the truck hauling a 797,000-pound piece of a radioactive steel from a steam generator from the San Onofre nuclear power plant to a disposal site in Clive Utah. The route for the 400 foot long truck has not been posted, but its most likely route will take it up I-15 to Las Vegas. We also do not know if the truck has cleared the Cajon Pass at this point.

Here’s what we know about the wildfire at this hour, as reported by KPPC Radio:

Firefighters are making progress Tuesday morning on a brush fire in the Cajon Pass that shut down Interstates 15 and 215 for several hours and also threatened at least three homes.

 

The Devore Fire started about 11 a.m. Monday and quickly spread in dry Santa Ana conditions to burn about 350 acres. At one point, the flames got close to the busy freeway and jumped across the lanes in San Bernardino County that connects Southern California with Las Vegas, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

 

Even though I-15 has reopened, there are some lane closures, so the drive is expected to be slow in the area, the California Highway Patrol said.  I-215 has also reopened. Three residences in Matthews Ranch were evacuated and no damage was reported.

The fire was about 40 percent contained early Tuesday morning. Firefighters expect to have full containment by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/news/2012/11/06/10913/san-bernardino-county-brush-fire-cajon-pass-about-/

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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