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Northbound 2 Freeway Connector Closed as Firefighters Mop Up 30-Acre Brush Fire in the Eagle Rock Area

The fire has caused major traffic tie-ups on all the affected freeways and officials asked motorists to stay out of the area.

What to Know

  • The fire is at 40% containment
  • So far, no injuries have been reported and no buildings have burned
  • The northbound 2 Freeway in the area remains closed

A roughly 30-acre brush fire that forced temporary evacuations in Glendale and prompted freeway lane closures that caused traffic nightmares that persisted into the morning commute was about 50 percent contained Monday.

The fire was reported at 4:09 p.m. Sunday near the 2900 block of West Colorado Boulevard in the Eagle Rock area, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

The flames were largely knocked down, but overnight, firefighters from the LAFD, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Glendale Fire Department worked to prevent flareups, and crews Monday morning were continuing mop-up operations.

No injuries were reported and no buildings burned, Stewart said.

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.

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.

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

The transition road between the westbound 134 and 2 freeways was also shut down, as was the transition road from the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway to the 134 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The eastbound 134 was reopened around 11 p.m. and the westbound lanes were reopened about two hours afterward. The southbound 2 Freeway was reopened from the Foothill Freeway and the northbound side was open from the Golden State to the 134 Freeway.

Northbound Glendale Freeway lanes remained closed at the 134 Freeway into the morning commute.

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