Firefighters from Los Angeles city and county as well as Glendale are battling a brushfire that has scorched at least 25 acres of grass in the Eagle Rock area, forced some evacuations in Glendale, and has jumped the north side of the Ventura (134) Freeway, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The brush fire which was burning in the area of 2900 W. Colorado Blvd. was reported at 4:09 p.m., fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

The fire spotted to the north side of the 134 Freeway and was slowly backing toward homes in the area, Stewart said.

Firefighters were setting up for potential structural defense operations according to Stewart.

Three LAFD water-dropping helicopters are assisting firefighters with water drops and firefighters were making good progress against the brush fire on the left flank while the right flank was requiring additional resources, Stewart said.

The 134 Freeway was shut down on the westbound side at Figueroa and on the eastbound side at Glendale, and the southbound Glendale (2) Freeway was closed at Mountain, accroding to Stewart.

In addition to Los Angeles County and Glendale firefighting resources, the LAFD has committed at least 215 firefighters to battling this major emergency.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered by Glendale officials on Glenoaks Boulevard from Mount Carmel Drive to Bywood Drive including all streets in between, but so far, no injuries have been reported and no buildings have been burned, Stewart said.

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