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UPDATE: Glendale brush fire nearly knocked out

Posted: May 3, 2013 7:21 p.m.
Updated: May 3, 2013 7:23 p.m.

Firefighters from Glendale, Calif., and Pasadena watch as bulldozers clear a firebreak near homes in Thousand Oaks on Thursday. A fire broke out in Glendale on Friday.

 

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — City officials say a brushfire that broke out in the hills of Glendale, prompting the evacuation of homes, is nearly knocked out.

City Fire Chief Harold Scoggins tells KNBC-TV the fire erupted north of State Route 2, also known as the Glendale Freeway, just after 2 p.m. Friday and quickly spread across the freeway and uphill.

The fire prompted the evacuation of two canyon roads, an elementary school, and other businesses in the vicinity. Glendale Community College canceled its Friday night classes.

Low visibility from the smoke forced the temporary closure of the Glendale Freeway between State Route 134 and Interstate 210, causing traffic to back up for miles.

Scoggins credited the aggressive airborne attack from five water-dropping helicopters for helping firefighters gain the upper hand on the blaze.

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