A firefighter suffered a minor injury from a fall Monday as crews continued to douse interior hot spots of a roughly 45-acre brush fire that forced temporary evacuations in Glendale and prompted freeway lane closures that caused traffic nightmares that persisted into the morning commute.
The fire was 70% contained as of about 6:30 p.m., according to Anita Shandi of the Glendale Fire Department.
The fire was reported at 4:09 p.m. Sunday near the 2900 block of Colorado Boulevard, near the Glendale (2) Freeway, in the Eagle Rock area, officials said.
The flames were largely knocked down, but overnight, firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Glendale Fire Department worked to prevent and douse flareups.
Flames erupted Monday afternoon and were snuffed out by water drops. It was one of several interior hot spots crews have doused amid continuing mop-up operations, Shandi said.
No buildings burned and no civilian injuries have been reported, according to the LAFD.
On Sunday afternoon, the fire spread to the north side of the Ventura (134) Freeway and slowly backed its way toward homes in the area.
Smoke from the fire could be seen across a wide area, including from Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers were playing the New York Yankees on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.”
Five water-dropping helicopters were deployed, and additional ground forces were sent to the scene. More than 200 firefighting personnel were assigned to the effort at the height of the fire.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered by Glendale officials on Glenoaks Boulevard from Mount Carmel Drive to Bywood Drive. The evacuations were lifted about 10 p.m. Sunday.
The Ventura Freeway was shut down on the westbound side at Figueroa Street and on the eastbound side at Glendale Avenue, and the southbound Glendale Freeway was closed at Mountain Street.
The transition road between the westbound Ventura and Glendale freeways was also shut down, as was the transition road from the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway to the Ventura Freeway, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The eastbound Ventura Freeway was reopened around 11 p.m. and the westbound lanes were reopened about two hours afterward. The southbound Glendale Freeway was reopened from the Foothill (210) Freeway and the northbound side was open from the Golden State to the 134 Freeway.
The transition road from the northbound Glendale Freeway to the westbound Ventura Freeway remained closed Monday night, according to the CHP.
Crews were to work through the night, Shandi said.
“We’re getting closer to 100% containment,” she said.
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