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Grass Fire Near 134 Freeway Forces Evacuations

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GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — Firefighters were working Friday afternoon to contain a grass fire burning in Glendale, authorities said.

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Los Angeles City Firefighters were assisting Glendale firefighters with the fire near the westbound Ventura (134) Freeway near Harvey Drive, according to City Fire spokesman Erik Scott.

At least three dozen firefighters and four helicopter crews were on scene as of 2:55 p.m. in the lower portion of Chevy Chase Canyon.

By 4:30 p.m., more than 75 acres were reportedly burned in Chevy Chase Canyon and evacuations in the immediate area were ordered. By 9 p.m. officials with the Glendale Fire Department announced the mandatory evacuations were lifted.

Portions of the interchange between the Glendale (2) Freeway and the 134 Freeway were closed, officials said.

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PHOTOS: Glendale Grass FireAs of 4 p.m., the 2 southbound was reopened. A half-hour later, the CHP announced part of the freeway — near the 134/210 interchange — would close again.

Some evacuations were in place along the 500 block of Solway Street, according to Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.

Four helicopters and at least 37 firefighters are battling the blaze.

Glendale Community College canceled classes Friday evening at their main campus. Glenoaks Elementary School was evacuated as a safety precaution.

By 6 p.m. the stubborn fire was all but declared knocked down.

Officials have opened an evacuation center: The Adult Rec Center, 201 E. Colorado Boulevard.

The Pasadena Humane Society is sheltering pets: 361 S. Raymond.

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