Firefighters douse 2-acre brush fire in Elysian Park

Firefighters extinguished a two-acre brush fire barely half an hour after it began in Elysian Park on Wednesday morning.

The fire started about 8:48 a.m. in the 1300 block of Broadway, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, according to Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

It was knocked down about 9:23 a.m. Fire officials are attributing the cause of the blaze to a cooking fire at or near a homeless encampment.

The Stadium Way exit ramps on the 110 Freeway were closed in both directions due to the fire, according to the California Highway Patrol.


Three helicopters and 82 firefighters worked to put out the blaze. No structures were threatened.

Temperatures in Southern California are forecast to reach 90 degrees on Wednesday.

The firefight came just hours after firefighters battled flames Tuesday night in Eagle Rock near Occidental College.

Firefighters battled the two-acre blaze from the air and ground as flames charred grass and brush in the 4600 block of Townsend Avenue.

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