Fire burns 2 acres

Fire crews extinguished a two-acre brush fire Friday off the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway, near Mountain Street.

The blaze began burning shortly after noon on a hillside off the freeway, and was put out approximately an hour later due a large response, including two water-dropping helicopters, two Los Angeles City Fire hand crews and 20 engines from Los Angeles and Glendale, authorities said.

Glendale Fire Capt. Cody Smith said the fire was close to homes, but firefighters were stationed near the residential neighborhoods and no structures were damaged.

A Sigalert was issued when police shut down the northbound lanes of the freeway to allow fire crews to battle the blaze, according to California Highway Patrol. All traffic was diverted to the eastbound Ventura (134) Freeway.

The morning before the blaze, Glendale fire crews discussed plans to deal with any brush fires in response to Friday’s high temperature of 90 degrees. Temperatures in the city are expected to increase by a few degrees this weekend.

Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins advised residents at a July 10 City Council meeting that the fire season had already began and was expected to bring challenges, including below-average rainfall, higher temperatures and fewer firefighting resources.

He called on residents to better prepare their homes and establish fire exit plans for their families.


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