Thursday, October 20, 2016

Grass fires break out along 134 Freeway near Eagle Rock [updated]

EAGLE ROCK — The eastbound 134 Freeway was shut down early this evening after several small grass fires broke out along an approximately 2-mile stretch  of the 134 Freeway.  The L.A. Fire Department reported a grass fire is burning near the 134 and Figueroa Street but there were reports of at least eight small fires burning on the south side of the freeway. Water-dropping helicopters were seen hitting hot spots near the freeway.

Investigators were trying to determine if the fires were the result of arson as crews were finished clean up around 8 p.m., according to City News Service.

Update @ 6:44 pm: The eastbound 134 Freeway has been shut down, reports NBC LA.

Update @ 7 pm: Fire also reported burning near Argus Drive and the freeway.  KTLA reports at least 8 fires.

Update @ 7:17 pm: The carpool lane is now open but all other lanes remain closed, says CHP.  Traffic is being diverted off the eastbound freeway at Harvey Drive.

Update @ 9:11 pm: CHP says all lanes are now open and the SigAlert has been cancelled.

Eagle Rock is burning

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One comment

  1. I was driving through this as it was happening and before the crews were on it.. It was terrifying because people were actually driving SLOWER past the fires, choking up traffic even more. It was not the time to be a lookie loo!!! Fire is bad! I just had the story about the recent 15 Freeway fire going through my head.

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