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Crews Mop Up Canyons Fire Hot Spots in Glendale

The blaze broke out on Friday afternoon and prompted evacuations from homes and two school closures

By Christina Cocca
|  Saturday, May 4, 2013  |  Updated 5:52 PM PDT
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Crews Mop Up Canyons Fire Hot Spots in Glendale

A viewer sent this photo of a firefighter extinguishing the Canyons Fire in Glendale that broke out at the junction of the Glendale and Ventura freeways on Friday, May 3, 2013.

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Fire crews on Saturday were mopping up hot spots of a fire that broke out in the hills of Glendale, which prompted freeway closures and fears of a large-scale blaze like the Springs Fire.

Five Glendale fire engine companies and two patrol vehicles were stationed Saturday just northeast of the Ventura and Glendale freeway interchange (map) to look for hot spots of the fire that broke out Friday afternoon, snarling the evening commute.

No flames were visible, but crews remained on the scene as a precaution, said Brandy Villanueva, a Glendale Fire Department spokeswoman.

"They are monitoring the area and will remain there throughout the day to address any potential flare up situations," she said.

The Canyons Fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. in rugged terrain near the junction of the 2 and 134 freeways.

The communities of Chevy Chase and Glenoaks canyons and Glenoaks Elementary School were evacuated. Glendale Community College cancelled classes.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire from growing beyond 75 acres by 9 p.m. Friday.

Two firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion.

The blaze was one of several that broke out across Southern California this week, including the Springs Fire that scorched nearly 44-square miles in Ventura and Los Angeles counties since Thursday.

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