The closure of Interstate 15 as a result of the Blue Cut Fire has cut off the most direct and convenient route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
But fortunately, it’s not the only way for Southern Nevadans to get to L.A. Other less-traveled — and longer — routes exist for motorists who absolutely have to get there.
The most recent report from the California Department of Transportation is that I-15 is closed from Phelan Road in Hesperia to the freeway interchange of Interstate 215 in San Bernardino, a distance of about 18 miles.
The most popular alternatives will take travelers west around the fire.
In Victorville, motorists should turn off I-15 at the Palmdale Road exit, California Highway 18, and take it west to California Highway 138. Motorists can bypass Palmdale by taking the Pearblossom Highway to connect with California Highway 14, which leads to Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita.