GLENDALE (CNS) – In the midst of a red flag fire warning, high heat and low humidity, a brush fire erupted today in the hills of Glendale above the Ventura (134) Freeway in the Chevy Chase Canyon area, burning an estimated 75 acres and forcing some residents out of their homes.
The fire, which broke out above the 134 Freeway off Harvey Drive east of the Glendale (2) Freeway, was reported 2:30 p.m., according to Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
All homes in the Glenoaks Canyon were evacuated, along with most houses in Chevy Chase Canyon and others along Solway Street, according to city spokesman Dan Bell. Residents were advised that they might not be allowed back to their homes until as late as 8 p.m.
There were no immediate reports of any injuries.
The 2 Freeway was shut down between the 134 Freeway and the Foothill (210) Freeway to give fire crews a clear path to the scene, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos.
Villalobos said the transition roads between the east and westbound 210 Freeway to the 2 Freeway, and all onramps between the 134 Freeway and the 210 Freeway were closed. Traffic on the northbound 2 Freeway was being diverted. A SigAlert was declared by the CHP at 2:42, he added.
Fire crews from Los Angeles city and county were among those battling the blaze, along with firefighters from Burbank and Pasadena.
Erik Scott, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department, said the department dispatched 37 firefighters and four water-dropping helicopters to assist Glendale firefighters at the scene.
The county Fire Department sent “six camp crews, two water-dropping helicopters, a strike team, an engine, two battalion chiefs and one assistant chief to help Glendale,” according to spokesman David Bloom.
Glenoaks Elementary School was evacuated due to the fire, and Glendale Community College canceled classes for the rest of the day at its main campus.
The city of Glendale set up an evacuation center at the Adult Recreation Center, 201 E. Colorado St. The Pasadena Humane Society was offering free pet boarding for owners who have evacuated their homes. The shelter is at 361 S. Raymond Ave.
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