In the midst of a red flag fire warning, high heat and low humidity, a brush fire erupted today in the hills above the Ventura (134) Freeway in the Chevy Chase Canyon area, forcing the evacuation of some homes and the partial closure of the Glendale (2) Freeway.
KNX-1070 AM radio is reporting that fire has damaged one home. Smoke is heavy throughout the area.
The fire, which is in the hills above the 134 Freeway off Harvey Drive, east of the 2 Freeway was reported shortly after 2 p.m., according to Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
“The fire is burning in the Chevy Chase Canyon area and we have evacuated some houses on the 500 block of Solway Street,” Lorenz said.
A portion of the southbound 2 Freeway was shut down as the flames spread. The SR-2/SR-134 Freeway Interchange and the 134 to the 210 Frwy has been shut down, as well as several other off ramps in the area, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Nixle alert. Several surface streets in the area have also been shut down, according to news reports.
“In addition to Glendale fire, we also have units from L.A. City, we have L.A. County fire departments helping out,” Lorenz said.
Erik Scott, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department, said the department dispatched about three dozen firefighters and four helicopter crews to assist Glendale firefighters at the scene.