A small, smoking-related brush fire caused a big traffic backup on the Foothill (210) Freeway in Lakeview Terrace Thursday afternoon.

The fire, which scorched less than acre along the eastbound side of the freeway at Wheatland Avenue, was reported about 3:50 p.m., said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The blaze, which caused no injuries and threatened no structures, was knocked down in 25 minutes by 64 firefighters, Humphrey said. The fire was sparked by careless smoking at a homeless encampment, he said.

All eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed for more than an hour, with traffic diverted at the Wheatland Avenue offramp onto Foothill Boulevard as firefighters mopped up.

Two lanes were reopened about 5 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. By then, eastbound traffic was backed up to the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway. All lanes were reopened about 5:30 p.m., the CHP reported.

City News Service

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