Firefighters continued working to maintain control of a blaze in Glendale that burned more than 30 acres on Sunday and forced the closure of a portion of the 134 Freeway, which connects Pasadena to the San Fernando Valley.
“We arrived around 8 a.m. this morning, and since we’ve been here, this is not a wind-driven fire, it’s been topography driven,” said Los Angeles Fire Battalion Chief Jim Holland. “The wind has been actually in our favor.”
The steep terrain has been a big challenge to firefighters, according to Holland.
As of Monday night, the fire was 70 percent contained despite a flare-up Monday near Eagle Rock. No homes were burned and no serious injuries have been reported.
Firefighters, including a battalion from Pasadena, began battling the blaze shortly after it broke out Sunday afternoon near the 134 and 2 freeways. Stranded motorists sat for hours on the freeway after it was closed down, with some taking matters into their own hands and turning around on the freeway and even driving in reverse to get to off ramps.
The fire burned perilously close to structures in Glen Oaks Canyon in Glendale, prompting the evacuation of 100 homes. The mandatory evacuation orders were lifted by 10 p.m. Sunday night.
All told, 265 firefighters were called in to combat the fire.
Local residents in nearby neighborhoods watched as helicopter tankers performed emergency water airdrops. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Coincidentally, the fire started almost 10 years to the day the Station fire started. That blaze destroyed 62 structures and scorched 140,000 acres. The fire raged out of control in part due to laws that barred firefighters from using tankers to drop water on fires at night. Former LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich and US Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) successfully lobbied to have that law changed.