Brush fire breaks out in hills of Glendale

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GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say firefighters are gaining a handle of a brushfire that broke out in the hills of Glendale, prompting the evacuation of nearly 3,000 homes and a freeway closure.

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. He says it spread across the freeway and uphill.

Scoggins said the evacuation of two canyon roads could affect up to 2900 homes.

Five helicopters were at the scene, while firefighters on the ground focused on protecting homes and corralling the blaze.

Low visibility from the smoke prompted temporary closure of the freeway between State Route 134 and Interstate 210, causing traffic to back up.

Glendale Community College has canceled its Friday night classes.

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