Reports are coming in from both ocean and rail carriers as well as news sources that the Blue Cut fire, which swept through the Cajon, CA area on Tuesday, is currently impacting both rail and highway logistics routes northeast of Los Angeles at this time.
A service advisory from BNSF Railway reported “an operational impact due to track outage caused by wildfires in Cajon, California”. According to the advisory this impacts traffic to and from Southern California On-Dock (SCOD) for the Los Angeles and San Bernardino facilities. Additionally, BNSF has stated customers could experience delays of between 36 to 48 hours on shipments passing through this rail corridor. There is not an estimated time for the tracks to reopen yet. This same service advisory was being reported by ocean carrier MSC.
Mandatory evacuations and road closures are affecting portions of I-15 and portions of Hwy 138. According to the L.A. Times the Blue Cut fire has burned 30,000 acres near the 15 Freeway in Cajon pass. Another article from The Sacramento Bee is reporting that “Countless big rigs were parked on both side of the pass, waiting for Interstate 15 and a web of other roads to reopen. Alternate routes involved significant detours.” This portion of I-15 is a major route for traffic between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
MIQ Logistics will continue to monitor this situation closely.
For more information, please contact your local MIQ Logistics representative.