Glendale Area Brush Fire 70% Contained; NB 2 Freeway Reopens

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The northbound 2 Freeway was reopened Monday morning, leaving only a few remaining restrictions as crews continued to work on a brush fire that scorched parts of Los Angeles and Glendale Sunday.

A portion of the 2 Freeway in the Glendale area remained closed on Aug. 26, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)
A portion of the 2 Freeway in the Glendale area was closed on Aug. 26, 2019. It has since reopened. (Credit: KTLA)

Commuters were still being kept off the northbound 2 Freeway connector road to the westbound 134 Freeway, and the westbound 134 Freeway connector to the 2 Freeway, a CalTrans tweet stated. All other freeway routes in the area are open.

The fire, which ignited just after 4 p.m. Sunday in the 2900 block of Colorado Boulevard, burned roughly 45 acres.

It was 70% contained as of Monday evening, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Although the fire has not advanced overnight, officials are still concerned the blaze could flare up again on Monday as temperatures begin to rise.

More than 200 firefighters and water-dropping helicopters responded to the fire when it broke out in the city of Los Angeles and then quickly spread to Glendale Sunday.

Video showed many drivers on nearby freeways traveling near the flames and through heavy smoke.

The fire burned up and down hillsides, threatening several homes in the Glendale area and prompting officials to evacuate some neighborhoods shortly after 6 p.m.

“I left photos. I left a lot of different things … You know in an emergency those things just aren’t important,” Richard Espinoza said.

The evacuation orders were all lifted at 10 p.m.

One Glendale firefighter sustained a minor injury, according to LAFD.

No structures have been damaged in the blaze.

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