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Fire mired morning commuters on the 118 freeway

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Three to five acres of brush burned along the westbound lanes of the 118 Freeway this morning near Chatsworth and the border of Simi Valley.

L.A. County Fire Department responders were deployed in trucks and water-dropping helicopters, drowning out the destruction in under an hour, according to officials.

Traffic delays continued through the morning as crews cleaned up after the morning mess. Freeway lanes reopened before noon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The fire was first reported at 9:04 a.m. and extinguished just before 10 a.m., said a spokesperson. No structures were damaged or threatened, and the cause of the blaze has not been determined.


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