One northbound-lane of the 15 Freeway near Kenwood Drive was blocked for several hours due to the fire causing a major back-up on the freeway that stretched as far south as Sierra Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol reports.
An evacuation order was in effect then quickly lifted for homes and at least one school north of Devore Road, south of Kenwood Drive and east of the 15, U.S. Forest Service officials said.
Staff and students at Kimbark Elementary School participating in an after-school program were evacuated to Chavez Middle School at 6650 N Magnolia Ave., according to the San Bernardino County Emergency Operations Center.
The brushfire was first reported a little after 3 p.m. along the northbound at Kenwood Drive, according to the CHP website.
As Cal Fire, San Bernardino County Fire and U.S. National Forest Service firefighters fought the blaze, two smaller spot fires were reported farther north along the freeway. They were quickly extinguished, according to a county Fire Department news release.
As of Wednesday evening, the fire was last reported to be about 10 acres in size, Cal Fire reports indicated. It was 60percent contained as of 7 p.m. Full containment was expected today.
After contending with the bumper-to-bumper traffic
Both southbound and northbound lanes were shut down as negotiators worked to talk the boy down, according to the CHP website.
Several frustrated motorists attempted to drive on the right shoulder of the stalled freeway, causing a bottleneck in the emergency lanes and preventing emergency crews from getting to the scene, officials said.
At one point, according to witnesses, a man later identified as a sheriff's official, climbed over the fence to speak to the boy.
After more than an hour, the boy was brought down and taken to a hospital for an evaluation, fire officials said.
San Bernardino County fire and sheriff's investigators determined the three fires were not suspicious in nature, county fire officials said.