Large brush fire burning near homes next to Highway 118 causes lane closures in Granada Hills


GRANADA HILLS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Crews were battling two bushfires burning along Highway 118 in the San Fernando Valley Friday night, including one burning dangerously near homes.

The California Highway Patrol closed several lanes on the east side of the freeway near Hayvenhurst Avenue in Granada Hills.

Drivers should expect delays and seek alternate routes. It’s unclear how long the partial shutdown will last.

The fire broke out shortly before 9 p.m. At least one acre has been burned, officials say.

AIR7HD captured a resident on a rooftop with a garden hose, watering a tree next to his house, making sure no embers caught fire on his roof.

Despite 10 mph winds, dozens of firefighters were able to stop the progress of the Granada Hills Fire within an hour, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The agency also reported a second brush fire adjacent to Highway 118 and Reseda Boulevard in Porter Ranch. This fire broke out just after 8:30 p.m.

It took about an hour and 74 firefighters to stop the Porter Ranch Fire’s progress, LAFD said. No structure was damaged.

Officials do not currently believe the two fires are related.

Firefighters will remain at the scene of both fires to “continue containment and overhaul,” officials said.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fires is under investigation.

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