ELYSIAN PARK - Two fire helicopters and 75 firefighters battled a slow-moving grassfire at the east end of Elysian Park today, and lanes were briefly closed at an adjacent freeway interchange.
The fire was extinguished in 51 minutes. It was the third such blaze in three days to break out along the Pasadena (110) Freeway in the grass and trees east of Dodger Stadium.
It broke out at 9:09 a.m., and by 9:30 fire engines were being staged to the east of the fire, across the Los Angeles River from the park. But a spotter in a helicopter overhead said the fire was not spreading, and firefighting helicopters were sent back to their base.
Traffic was briefly blocked on some lanes of the 110 Freeway, where heavy smoke and stopped fire engines corked the flow into downtown. A transition road from the Golden State (5) Freeway was also blocked.
No structures were threatened, and no evacuations were ordered, said fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
A small brush fire in that burned about an acre Saturday afternoon had been knocked down in about an hour.
Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Devin Gales says it took 69 firefighters just under an hour to contain a blaze that broke out late Friday afternoon. It burned three acres.
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