Los Angeles firefighters were responding to multiple blazes in the city Wednesday afternoon, on a red-flag day when fires were burning across Southern California.
About 3 acres burned just after 3 p.m. in the Mission Hills area, at the intersection of the 405 and 118 freeways (map), according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The fire prompted the total shutdown of the 405 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic incident website. Cars appeared to be returning to the southbound freeway from the 118 Freeway transition roads just before 4:30 p.m., aerial video showed.
The northbound freeway lanes reopened at about 4:45 p.m., the CHP site stated.
Ground and aerial fire crews were responding. No structures were threatened.
An arson investigator was en route, CHP Officer Patrick Kimball said.
Wind gusts had blown blew embers across freeway, increasing the size of the fire from 1 to 3 acres, Scott said.
About the same time, two large structure fires broke out to the south — one in Exposition Park and the other in South Los Angeles.
A two-story commercial building in the 1100 block of East 103rd Street (map) was burning after a fire was reported at 3:01 p.m., Scott said. The location was near Will Rogers Memorial Park.
Firefighters were standing on the roofs of nearby buildings and police officers were stopping traffic in the area, aerial video showed.
Then, at 3:19 p.m., another commercial building was reported on fire in the 4000 block of South Dalton Avenue west of USC (map), Scott said.
The roof of a building appeared to have collapsed. Multiple fire engines were on scene.
The blaze began in the vacant two-story boarded-up home and flames were confined to that structure, Scott said. About 50 firefighters knocked down the blaze in 24 minutes with no injuries reported.