Update: Firefighters gain upper hand against Calabasas fire

by The Associated Press
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CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) – Firefighters have gained control of a brush fire in a wealthy enclave northwest of Los Angeles that forced closure of several lanes of U.S. 101.

County fire officials say the fire, which was sparked by a car fire on the side of the road Sunday afternoon, spread uphill and burned 50 acres.  The fire was near a condominium complex.

The California Highway Patrol shut down several westbound lanes of the freeway, and off-ramp to Las Virgenes Road, for about two hours. The closures caused traffic to back up for miles.

Calabasas is home to several gated communities.

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