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Brush fire leads to evacuations in Glendale; freeway traffic affected [Updated]

June 1, 2011 |  2:44 pm

CarfireA brush fire that broke out near the 2 Freeway in Glendale is threatening homes and led authorities to evacuate some residents from the area, a city spokesman said Wednesday.

The fire, which was ignited by a car fire, grew to several acres and led Glendale officials to evacuate homes in the 1500 block of Verd Oaks Drive west of the freeway, city spokesman Tom Lorenz said.

Several dozen firefighters were dispatched to the scene but details about the speed or the direction of the fire were not immediately available.

Some lanes of the 134 and 2 freeways were briefly closed.

[Updated at 2:49 p.m.: The fire is now out. A couple of dozen homes were evacuated, officials said.]

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Photos: (top) Smoke from a brush fire hampers visibility on the 2 Freeway. Credit: Caltrans via Glendale News-Press

(bottom) The car fire that sparked the brush fire. Credit: Lory Johansson

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