Brush Fire Burns Above Pacific Coast Highway

A brush fire burned through a hillside above Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, snarling traffic as evening rush hour approached.

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A brush fire burned through a hillside above Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.
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Declared a "major emergency brush fire," the blaze snarled traffic for miles along the iconic roadway ahead of evening rush hour. It was extinguished by 5 p.m.
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The fire was reported about 3:08 p.m. in the 14800 block of PCH, which was shut down as more than 150 firefighters battled the blaze.
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Flames burned up a hillside and toward homes, but fire officials said none of the structures were threatened.
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A water-dropping helicopter douses a fire burning along a hillside above Pacific Coast Highway, within hundreds of yards from homes.
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Crowds gathered along a residential street to watch the firefight below.
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Aerial video showed dark smoke billowing above PCH and out over the ocean as flames crept down the hillside toward the roadway.
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