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Wildfire Erupts In Windy Southern California

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire near Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County has grown to 200 acres amid Santa Ana wind conditions and some evacuations have been ordered.

U.S. Forest Service dispatcher Elizabeth Barrera say the fire erupted shortly before 11 a.m. Monday in the Cajon Pass near Devore.

More than 200 firefighters aided by 10 aircraft are battling the flames in hot, dry weather on brush-dotted foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. An area known as Mathews Ranch has been ordered evacuated. It’s not clear how many people that may involve.

Television news reports show the line of flames has jumped that freeway and sent an enormous mushroom shaped cloud into the sky.

Several miles of the freeway are closed.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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