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Fire in Anaheim Area Prompts Closure of 91 Freeway

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A blaze erupted along the 91 Freeway in Orange County Wednesday afternoon, a day when several other wildfires were burning in Southern California.


A fire shut down the 91 Freeway in the Anaheim and Fullerton area on May 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Anaheim Fire & Rescue was on the scene of the blaze near East Street just after 1 p.m., the agency stated on Twitter.

The 91 Freeway was temporarily closed in both directions, the Anaheim Police Department stated. A nearby mobile home park was briefly evacuated.

The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert for the freeway closure at 12:58 p.m., according to the agency’s traffic incident website.

Westbound lanes opened by about 1:45 p.m., and the eastbound side remained partially closed after 2 p.m. On and off ramps at East Street remained shutdown, police said on Twitter.

White smoke was rising from a strip of land several hundred feet long on the other side of a sound barrier that was next tot the south side of the freeway, aerial video showed.

The area was under a red flag warning amid a spring heat wave that broke high-temperature records at some weather stations.