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Rain Calms Southern California Wildfire That Jumped Freeway, Burned Cars And Homes

Matt Hartman / AP

Fire debris is seen on the side of the road, as transit is open on the southbound 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass, Calif., on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Matt Hartman / AP

(AP) — Rain is calming a fast-moving wildfire that sent people running for their lives when flames swept across a California freeway and destroyed more than 60 cars and burned three homes.

The storm on Saturday storm brought relief to crews fighting the fire burning in a mountainous area 55 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

The fire swept across Interstate 15 on Friday, destroying the vehicles before burning three homes and 44 more vehicles in the community of Baldy Mesa. It has blackened 5.5 square miles.

Firefighters are focusing on protecting some 700 homes in the area. About 2,800 people were evacuated.

The rain is also helping slow the spread of another wildfire that broke out Friday about 20 miles away in the San Gabriel Mountains. That fire forced hundreds of campers to evacuate, including a Girl Scout troop.