Simi Valley brush fire is out; traffic delays linger
Los Angeles County firefighters extinguished a small brush fire Monday morning near the westbound lanes of the 118 Freeway at Rocky Peak Road in Simi Valley.
The fire, which was knocked down around 9:57 a.m., forced closure of three of the four lanes on the westbound 118 and created about a quarter-mile backup, according to Officer Francisco Villalobos of the California Highway Patrol. He said crews the lanes should be reopened by about 11:30 a.m.
Authorities said they received calls about the fire around 9 a.m. and responded within 20 minutes of the outbreak.
A spokeswoman for the L.A. County Fire Department said that at least four engines and a water-dropping helicopter were deployed.
-- Matt Stevens