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Brush fire breaks out in Palmdale

A small brush fire broke out Saturday afternoon in Palmdale forcing the 14 Freeway to be shut down, authorities said.

The fire was reported at 3:42 p.m. at Pelona Vista Park near Tierra Subida Avenue and Rayburn Road, not far from the 14 Freeway, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Firefighters were on the ground fighting the flames and helicopters made water drops.

Videos on social media from eyewitnesses showed large flames burning alongside the freeway, sending a billow of black smoke into the air. The Fire Department said the blaze was stopped at seven acres and crews were mopping up.

The fire forced the California Highway Patrol to close the northbound and southbound lanes of the freeway from Palmdale Boulevard to Avenue S around 4 p.m. before reopening them an hour later.

No injuries were reported.


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