VAN NUYS ( — Dozens of Los Angeles City firefighters managed to put out a brush fire that ignited along the 405 Freeway and forced authorities to close all southbound lanes.

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The fire scorched approximately four acres of grass in an area north of Victory Boulevard at Haskell Avenue, Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott reported.

Firefighters used a water-dropping helicopter to help extinguish the blaze, Scott said.

The Roscoe Boulevard on-ramp to the southbound 405 was also closed for a period of time.


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