A grass fire startled motorists and spread to 2 acres off the 405 Freeway not far from Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
The fire was reported on the freeway near Imperial Highway (map), the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s spokesman said on Twitter at 3:15 p.m.
The blaze, near the interchange with the 105 Freeway, grew to 2 acres and took one to two hours to “overhaul,” the spokesman’s tweets stated.
The Los Angeles Fire Department assisted with the vegetation fire, according to Brian Humphrey of the LAFD.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the blaze, but the California Highway Patrol referred on Twitter to the blaze as a “car fire,” saying it prompted closure of the the ramp from the northbound 405 Freeway to the westbound 105 Freeway.
Video posted to Facebook that was taken from a moving vehicle on the 405 Freeway near Century Boulevard, one exit to the north, showed flames and smoke rising from a patch of vegetation next to the freeway.
From farther away in a nearby office building, smoke towered above the freeway interchange, video taken by a KTLA viewer showed.
#ImperialIC Update: IC reports knockdown. 1-2 hours for overhaul, 2 acres total.
— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) April 23, 2014
— Nono (@ziggy1046) April 23, 2014