In the midst of a red flag fire warning, high heat and low humidity, a brush fire erupted Friday in the hills of Glendale above the Ventura Freeway in the Chevy Chase Canyon area, burning an estimated 75 acres, forcing some residents out of their homes and closing portions of a freeway and several transition roads.
The fire, which broke out above the Ventura Freeway off Harvey Drive east of the Glendale Freeway, was reported just after 2 p.m., according to Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
All homes in the Glenoaks Canyon were evacuated, along with most houses in Chevy Chase Canyon and others along Solway Street, according to Dan Bell, Glendale's community relations director.
The Glendale Fire Department was expected to lift all evacuation orders at 9 p.m., Bell said.
There were no immediate reports of any injuries. City officials said shortly before 5:30 p.m. that the fire was nearly knocked down.
The Glendale Freeway was shut down between the Ventura and Foothill Freeways to give fire crews a clear path to the scene, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos.
Transition roads between the east and westbound Foothill Freeway to the Glendale Freeway, and all on-ramps between the Ventura and Foothill freeways were closed.
The Glendale Freeway was reopened in both directions at 4:30 p.m., according to the CHP.
Fire crews from Los Angeles city and county departments were among those who battled the blaze, along with firefighters from Burbank and Pasadena.
As of 7 p.m. the Los Angeles Fire Department still had six engines and about 30 firefighters at the scene but had recalled all the water-dropping helicopters, the department's Erik Scott said.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent "six camp crews, two water- dropping helicopters, a strike team, an engine, two battalion chiefs and one assistant chief to help Glendale," the department's David Bloom said.
Glenoaks Elementary School was evacuated due to the fire, and Glendale Community College canceled classes for the rest of the day at its main campus.
An evacuation center was opened at the Adult Recreation Center, 201 E. Colorado St. The Pasadena Humane Society was offering free pet boarding for owners who have evacuated their homes. The shelter is at 361 S. Raymond Ave.