2 Small Brush Fires Break Out Along 118 Freeway in Porter Ranch as Larger Blazes Rage in SoCal

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L.A. firefighters battle a blaze along the 118 Freeway in Porter Ranch on Dec. 5, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

L.A. firefighters battle a blaze along the 118 Freeway in Porter Ranch on Dec. 5, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

A small brush fire was knocked down in Porter Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, and then another spot fire potted up nearby several hours later.

The first fire was reported at 2:08 p.m. from 11131 N. Tampa Ave., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The California Highway Patrol’s traffic log indicated the blaze was moving southbound from the 118 Freeway toward a residential area.

It grew to 4 to 5 acres but no one was injured and no structures were damaged, the Fire Department said. The fire was put out by about four dozen firefighters in about 1 1/2 hours.

Eastbound 118 Freeway lanes were shut down temporarily about 2:30 p.m., but several lanes reopened just before 3 p.m., the log stated.

Then, about 5:25 p.m., a second quarter-acre spot fire flared up about quarter-mile from the earlier Porter Ranch fire. No structures were threatened.

Aerial video showed firefighters working alongside the freeway as intense winds pushed a cascade of embers away from the flames.

The fires burned near a largely residential area about 10 miles west of the 11,000-acre Creek Fire in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills above Sylmar.

The 50,000-acre Thomas Fire broke out Monday night about 30 miles west-northwest of the Porter Ranch fire’s location. Several other fires are also burning in the region.

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