A firefighter was overcome by heat Tuesday while working to extinguish a five-acre brush fire 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, and was about 40% contained as of 1 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
A Los Angeles city firefighter was taken to a hospital in fair condition “for evaluation of heat-related exertion,” said Brian Humphrey of the LAFD.
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.
Three westbound lanes of the 118 Freeway were closed in the area as a precaution, according to the California Highway Patrol.
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