Glendale: Firefighters gain upper hand on 75-acre brush fire

Firefighters on Harvey Drive hose down brush along the 2 Freeway.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Glendale firefighters were gaining the upper hand on a 75-acre brushfire that was threatening homes in the Chevy Chase Canyon area.

“We hit it quickly,” Glendale spokesman Tom Lorenz said. He said the city was prepared for a wildfire because of the recent blaze in Monrovia.

No injuries and no structures have been damaged. Five helicopters, 35 engines and five handcrews were battling the blaze in the hills north of the 134 Freeway. Firefighters from the city and county of Los Angeles and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were also fighting the blaze.


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The 2 Freeway was closed in Glendale, and traffic was backed up at Chevy Chase Drive and California Avenue. The haze of the smoke hung close in the hills while the thumping of helicopters spun overhead.

Homes between the 2100 and 2700 blocks of Chevy Chase Drive were evacuated. All of Glenoaks Canyon to Scholl Canyon was evacuated because of weather conditions.

While winds are expected to die down this evening, Lorenz said flames have the potential of creating their own windstorms, posing another threat.

Lorenz credited canyon residents for being diligent and clearing brush from their homes and the hillside.

Glendale firefighters, he said, had been preparing and planning for brush fires due to the recent high winds.


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Alene Tchekmedyian contributed to this report.