By Leon Worden /SCVNews.com
Five water dropping helicopters from the Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City Fire departments helped to knockdown a Sunday afternoon brushfire within 50 minutes. Eight acres of medium brush was scorched when a fire began at 12:45 p.m. along the east side of the Highway 14 just south of Agua Dulce Canyon Road. Firefighters from firestation 132 along with Angeles Forest Service firefighters responded to the first alarm fire.
Below is a timeline of events:
Update 5:35 p.m.:
The left two lanes of the northbound 14 Freeway have reopened. Right lanes to be closed until 10 p.m.
Update 1:45 p.m.:
Active flames have been knocked down. Total of 9 acres burned. Mop-up procedures starting.
Update 1:38 p.m.:
The fire is no longer making forward progress.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies are on scene, investigating the cause of the fire. That’s unusual; normally the Fire Department handles the investigation.
Update 1:34 p.m.:
Fire being held at 8 acres; full containment expected in 15 to 20 minutes.
Hand crews are trying to suppress the flames under the high-power lines.
Traffic is backed up to Shadow Pines and drivers are turning around illegally and going the wrong direction to exit. Collisions are expected.
Update 1:23 p.m.:
The California Highway Patrol is allowing traffic to use the northbound HOV lane.
The fire has consumed about 7 acres. It is burning under high-power lines and Edison workers have been called in.
North 14 Closed for Brush Fire at Agua Dulce (12:43 p.m.)
Northbound lanes of State Route 14 are closed due to a brush fire burning along the east side of the freeway just south of Agua Dulce Canyon Road.
The fire was reported Sunday at 12:43 p.m. Vehicles were swerving to avoid the flames and smoke, so the lanes were shut and a Sigalert was issued.