A brush fire in Eagle Rock forced the closure of eastbound Ventura (134) Freeway. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Fire Department
A brush fire in Eagle Rock forced the closure of eastbound Ventura (134) Freeway. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Fire Department

The Ventura Freeway (134) in Eagle Rock was back to normal Saturday after a number of spot brush fires that broke out along the heavily traveled roadway forced the closure for a time of the eastbound lanes.

The fires may have been arson-related, according to authorities.

Late rush-hour traffic came to a halt after the fire was initially reported about 6:15 p.m. Friday along the eastbound Ventura (134) Freeway at Figueroa Street, said David Ortiz of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fires were spread over a two-mile stretch of the freeway and Los Angeles firefighters, assisted by counterparts from the Glendale and Burbank fire departments, took about 90 minutes to knock down the flames after they had scorched about 1.5 acres, LAFD Capt. Daniel Curry said.

All eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed at 6:57 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Anthony Polizzi said.

The eastbound carpool lane was reopened less than 10 minutes later, he said.

At about 8 p.m., firefighters were still in mop-up mode, according to the LAFD.

Arson investigators were summoned to the scene to determine what caused the fires, Curry said.

Resources were released from the scene about 8:40 p.m.

All lanes but one were reopened about 8:45 p.m., the CHP reported.

— City News Service

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