NB I-15 in Mojave Desert reopened after fire

HESPERIA, Calif. - Crews have reopened one side of a major California-to-Nevada interstate blocked by a bridge fire that left charred girders slumping over the pavement.

Crews worked through the night to tear down an enormous ruined stretch of the Interstate 15 overpass in the Mojave Desert.

The California Highway Patrol says northbound lanes reopened at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Southbound lanes are expected to reopen Wednesday morning.

A blowtorch being used to cut metal bars ignited wooden supports on the unfinished, $60 million overpass in Hesperia Monday.

Traffic was stalled for hours as the bridge burned through the night. Firefighters struggled to battle flames in the wooden support structure as they contended with the danger of collapse, limited water supply and winds.

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