LOS ANGELES — Union Pacific’s main line over California’s Cajon Pass reopened Saturday, four days after a monster wildfire scorched more than 37,000 acres of land along the iconic mountain railroad.
The Blue Cut Fire started on Aug. 16 on Cajon Pass and forced the evacuation of thousands of people north of San Bernardino, Calif. Dozens of homes were lost in the fire, one of many blazes currently smoldering across the drought-ridden state.
The fire forced the closure of Interstate 15 over Cajon Pass, as well as both UP and BNSF Railway’s main lines. BNSF’s route escape unscathed but a bridge was damaged on the UP. Railroad spokesperson Justin Jacobs tells Trains News Wire that work crews had restored the bridge by 10 a.m. on Saturday and rail traffic resumed soon after. During the closure, UP trains were routed on different lines across the region.
“We’re back in business,” Jacobs says.
As of Monday morning, the fire has burned more than 37,000 acres and is 89 percent contained.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.