CBS Los Angeles

CAJON PASS ( — For drivers trapped in their vehicles on a Southland freeway when a massive blaze erupted, it was a sight like they’d never seen.

On Friday afternoon, a brush fire whipped through the Cajon Pass at a rapid rate of spread, leaving vehicles stranded on the Interstate 15.

At least a dozen vehicles were charred in the blaze, which had scorched an estimated 3,500 acres. It was at 5 percent containment as of 10 p.m.

With little time to spare, many motorists got out of their vehicles, grabbed whatever they could and ran up the hill.

They recounted the terrifying moments:

“We were stuck in the path, so my car is gone,” said one woman. “We were in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Saw the flames. They told us to get out and run. We ran up a hill.”

“And it kept going. Next thing we knew, it was on…

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