A firefighter was overcome by heat Tuesday while working to extinguish a brush fire that blackened about 27 acres in the Chatsworth area.
The “Peak Fire” was reported about 11:25 a.m. near the westbound Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
A Los Angeles firefighter was taken to a hospital in fair condition “for evaluation of heat-related exertion,” said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The firefighting effort was being conducted by personnel from the Los Angeles county and city fire departments and the Ventura County Fire Department on a mutual aid basis.
The fire had grown to about 27 acres by 4:30 p.m., but the flames were contained and personnel with the Los Angeles and Ventura County fire departments were released, according to the county fire department.
County fire crews were expected to remain at the scene throughout the night to extinguish hot spots.
Three westbound lanes of the Ronald Reagan Freeway at Topanga Canyon Boulevard, as well as the westbound Topanga Canyon Boulevard on-ramp, were closed as a precaution, according to Caltrans.
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