EB 60 Fwy Reopens Through Hacienda Heights Area Following Big Rig Blaze That Sparked Brush Fire

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A brush fire was burning next to the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights on Nov. 10, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A big rig fire on the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights sparked a brush fire on a nearby hillside, prompting the California Highway Patrol to temporarily shut down all eastbound lanes late Thursday afternoon as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.

The semi-truck caught fire at approximately 4:28 p.m. on the 60 Freeway near Crossroads Parkway, according to CHP’s incident log.

A few minutes later, “several explosions” were heard, and the flames spread to the brush on a nearby hillside, the log stated.

The charred big rig remained on the side of the road after firefighters put out the flames, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

The brush fire spread to 2½ acres before firefighters contained it about an hour after it broke out, Supervisor Melanie Flores of the Los Angeles Count Fire Department told the Los Angeles Times.

It was not immediately known what caused the big rig to catch fire; authorities were also working to determine the contents of the vehicle when the blaze erupted.

No injuries were immediately reported.

CHP issued a SigAlert, and all eastbound lanes of the freeway were temporarily closed at Seventh Avenue. That area of the freeway was not fully reopened until around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

It was not known how long the lane closures would last.

Traffic in the area appeared to be backed up for miles around 6 p.m., footage from over the scene showed.

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