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Glendale/Eagle Rock fire burns 40 acres; full containment expected tonight [Updated]

August 4, 2009 |  8:23 pm

Brush fires on the Glendale-Los Angeles border have burned 40 acres and prompted some residents to evacuate, according to fire officials.

Click here for a map of the Glendale/Eagle Rock fires.

[Updated at 6:40 p.m.: Firefighters said they were beginning to get the upper hand on the fires, which authorities labeled as suspicious. The leading edge of the fire appears to be slowing down, and firefighters were handling hot spots.]

[Updated at 8:10 p.m.: The fire was 70% contained and firefighters were expecting full containment later tonight, said Ritch Wells, spokesman for the city of Glendale. He said the cause of the blaze was under investigation.]

Freeway traffic in the area has been slowed by the smoke and Fire Department activity.

At least four fires were started, and the Los Angeles Fire Department said about five acres of dense brush was burning. The fires started near the interchange of the 134 and 2 Freeways.

Hand crews and water-dropping helicopters were on the scene. Residents living around 2100-2300 Glenoaks Boulevard were asked to leave. An evacuation center was being set up at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

-- Shelby Grad