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Sep 3, 2011 3:15 PM by The Associated Press (MH)

Fire forces 1,500 Southern Calif home evacuations

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire that forced the evacuations of 1,500 homes in Southern California has spread to nearly 2 square miles and destroyed two mobile homes.

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman says the firefighters have contained 20 percent of the fire that erupted Friday on the main interstate between California and Las Vegas. It started on the center divider of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass and quickly consumed desert brush.

State fire spokesman Glenn Barley said two firefighters were injured and two additional structures were damaged.

Evacuations for homes in the Oak Hills area remain in effect. The fire initially closed the freeway and snarled holiday weekend traffic, but Barley says nearly all northbound and southland lanes have reopened.

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