Tag: Cajon Pass

I-15 Reopens in the Cajon Pass

Update Big Bear, CA, August 18, 2016 –  The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reopened southbound Interstate 15 (I–15) through the Cajon Pass this morning at 10:45 a.m. The #1 lane will remain closed from Oak Hill Road to Kenwood Avenue for Caltrans crews. All ramps will remain closed at Kenwood Avenue, Cleghorn Road, SR 138 and Oak Hill Road Big Bear, CA, August 18, 2016 – Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol  re-opened the Northbound I-15 through the Cajon Pass last evening at approximately 10:15 p.m.  All ramps will remain closed at Kenwood Avenue, Cleghorn Road, SR 138 and Oak Hill Rd.  Work will continue on the Southbound I-15 to complete guardrail and other repairs.  Southbound I-15 will remain closed until further notice. All other roads previously closed remain closed. One of the designated detours is the 18 from Lucerne through Big Bear and down the front grade via the 330. Expect delays and periods of heavy traffic. The Bluecut fire is currently 31,689 acres with 4% containment. There are 1584 personnel on scene with 178 engines, 26 crews, 10 air tankers, 2 Very Large Air Tankers, and 17 Helicopters, including night flying helicopters. Additional firefighters and equipment have been ordered and will be responding directly to the fire. There is still a threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures in the Cajon Pass, Lytle Creek, Wrightwood,...

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The Road to Big Bear

Big Bear, CA, April 26, 2014 – The first road into the San Bernardino Mountains, which was really just a trail, was built by the Mormons in 1852 and ascended Waterman Canyon. Big Bear Lake was created in 1885 and the only way up, other than a pack trail up Santa Ana Canyon, was a long arduous trip up Cushenbury Grade. To get to the Grade, visitors first had to travel over Cajon Pass to the desert before climbing the steep grade to Bear Valley. In May of 1888, the Bear Valley Toll Road Company was formed. They cut a road into Santa Ana Canyon and over the mountains  into the Valley, and used a combination of stage coach and mule train for the two day trip to Big Bear. In 1891, Gus Knight and John Metcalf formed the Bear Valley Wagon Road Company and by the following year had completed a road through what is now Running Springs. Stagecoaches began making scheduled runs into the valley three times a week. With this new road, travel time to Big Bear was cut to a day and a half. It was 1908 when the first automobile made the 101 mile trip up. Since gas stations were non-existent, a 20 horsepower steam powered vehicle was chosen to make the trek, and did so with much difficulty. In 1915, Rim of the...

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Hill Fire in Cajon Pass at 500 Acres – I 15 Southbound Closed

Big Bear, Ca, September 2, 2011, 3:25pm – A wildfire began today at approximately 12:30pm in the Cajon Pass near Oak Hills.  The fire reportedly started in the center divider of the Southbound I-15, near Highway 395.  The fire has since grown to 500 acres, and  mandatory evacuations are being called for homes in the Oak Hills area.   According to John Miller with the US Forest Service the DC-10 air tanker has been called in, and water dropping helicopters are being utilized.  Due to the fire Southbound lanes on the I-15 have been closed at this time between Highway’s 395 and 138.  Smoke may be visible this afternoon West of Big Bear, and is currently visible within a 50 mile radius of the fire. Keep it locked onto the Bear for further...

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