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In this frame from video provided by NBC4, smoke rises from vehicles as a fast-moving wildfire swept across a freeway Friday, July 17, 2015, near Hesperia, Calif. The fire swept by desert winds burned on both sides of Interstate 15, the main connector between Southern California and Las Vegas that was crowded with vehicles.
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Reality follows fiction.
"HELLISH FREEWAY" REDEFINED

A Los Angeles wildfire turned a freeway into a Hollywood apocalypse scene

David Yanofsky
By David Yanofsky

Editor of code, visuals, and data

A 30-acre wildfire in southern California crossed an interstate highway yesterday (July 17), trapping cars and stranding drivers. Travelers were forced to abandon their cars and trucks as the flames approached. By the time firefighters were able to get the fire under control in the area, it had burned at least 20 vehicles and given two people minor injuries.

The real-life scene resembled the oft-repeated—but fictional—Hollywood trope of a destroyed California.

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