Sunday's Brush Fire On Glendale, Eagle Rock Border Is Still Causing Traffic Troubles
Crews continued their efforts Monday to put out a brush fire that broke out yesterday afternoon near the interchange of the 2 and 134 freeways on the border of Glendale and Eagle Rock.
The fire was first reported on Sunday shortly after 4 p.m. along the north side of the 134 Freeway near the 2900 block of West Colorado Boulevard, according to Los Angeles fire officials. Both the 2 and 134 freeways were shut down in the area and about 265 firefighters were dispatched to quell the flames.
Within a few hours, the fire had spread to about 30 acres. By 7:35 p.m., forward progress had stopped and the flames were 25% contained.
LAFD issued an update at 9 a.m. Monday, saying the fire was 50% contained and had been held to 30 acres.
"Most importantly, there have been no injuries," officials said. "Firefighters will continue to assure there are no flare-ups as they work on full containment.
About 100 homes were evacuated on both sides of Glenoaks Canyon and nearby streets late Sunday afternoon. All evacuations were lifted as of 10 p.m. No structures were damaged.
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The next morning, many people were still out on the street watching firefighters hack away at the fire on top of a steep hill behind their homes.
Thank you @GlendaleFireCA and @LAFD for your rapid response to the brush fire near Glenoaks Cyn tonight. All #GlendaleUnified schools will be open tomorrow. We will monitor air quality at all schools & keep students indoors if air is too poor for outdoor activities. #MyGlendale— Glendale Unified (@GlendaleUSD) August 26, 2019
Freeways also started to reopen Monday morning. As of 10 a.m., the northbound 2 Freeway was open, Caltrans tweeted, but the connection to the westbound 134 Freeway was closed. Over on the 134 Freeway, the westbound connection to the 2 Freeway was also closed, but the eastbound connection to the 2 Freeway re-opened at 11 a.m., Caltrans tweeted.
NEW UPDATE: EB SR-134 connector to SR-2 OPEN https://t.co/WbrN6wogOG— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) August 26, 2019
At 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Caltrans announced that the northbound off-ramp on the 2 freeway at Holly Drive is closed.
And for rush hour on Monday evening, some areas of the freeway are still closed:
#ColoradoFire UPDATED CLOSURES for rush hour commute:— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) August 26, 2019
NB SR-2 off-ramp to Holly Dr. CLOSED
NB SR-2 connector to WB SR-134
WB SR-134 connectors to SR-2
Check https://t.co/xbyTKqK844 for current closures. pic.twitter.com/9ogyDCibTq
Eyewitnesses said the fire spread from the onramp for the northbound 2 Freeway to the eastbound 134 Freeway, and then jumped the freeway, burning brush on the north side.
Smoke could be seen across the region, as far as northern Orange County, and air quality north of the fire was poor.
Terrible, terrible air quality north of the 2/134 fire, per Purple Air.— Aaron Mendelson (@a_mendelson) August 26, 2019
Greater than 300 AQI is considered hazardous. pic.twitter.com/OpjzhbLlyD
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
WHERE TO GET THE LATEST UPDATES:
- Los Angeles Fire Department Twitter
- Los Angeles Fire Department alerts website
- Glendale Fire Department Twitter
- Caltrans District 7 Twitter (for traffic updates)
- California Highway Patrol incident information website (for traffic updates)
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This story is developing. Check back for updates.
4:56 p.m.: This article was updated with information about rush hour traffic on Monday evening
12:50 p.m.: This article was updated with information about a new closure on the 2 freeway.
12 p.m.: This article was updated with the latest traffic information and observations from Glenoaks Canyon.
9:24 a.m.: This article was updated with new acreage from LAFD and to clarify that all evacuations have been lifted.
Monday, Aug. 26, 6:26 a.m.: This article was updated with the latest information on freeway closures.
8:12 p.m.: This article was updated with new acreage and containment numbers, as well as a timeline for when the freeways might open.
7:21 p.m.: This article was updated with resources and information about the evacuation shelter.
This article was originally published at 6:04 p.m.