Brush Fire Erupts in Glendale Near 134 and 2 Freeways [UPDATED]
A brush fire in Glendale has led to swift evacuation orders and the closure of two local freeways in the area.
UPDATE 4:27 PM: As of about 4:20 p.m. officials say the Glendale fire has consumed about 75 acres. KTLA reported live on-air that the air efforts have been completed, and that firefighters have a handle on the blaze. Ground crews are currently focused on mop up and preventing flare-ups.
"The fire is on the ridge line of the 2100 block of Chevy Chase Drive and Glenoaks Boulevard, according, police Sgt. Tom Lorenz," reports the News-Press.
The fire has already led to numerous freeway and ramp closures. According to the California Highway Patrol, the Mountain Street and Holly Drive offramps from the southbound Glendale (2) Freeway have been closed, along with ramps from the southbound 2 to the Ventura (134) in both directions. On the northbound 2 Freeway, the Holly offramp is closed, and on the westbound 134 Freeway, the Harvey Drive offramp is closed, reports City News Service.
Chevy Chase Canyon has been closed, and some residents are being evacuated. "Evacuation orders have been issued for some homes in the 500 block of Solway Street," adds the News-Press.
The fire is being handled primarily by the Glendale Fire Department, however reinforcement has already been deployed from the Los Angeles Fire Department, according to an LAFD alert.
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