Brush fire burns near 134, 2 freeways in Glendale, threatens homes (Traffic map)

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Firefighters battle a brush fire in Glendale, Friday, May 3, 2013.

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A brush fire burns in Glendale, Friday, May 3, 2013.

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A fire burns near the 134 freeway and the 2 freeway in Glendale hills Friday, May 3, 2013.

NBC Los Angeles

A fire burns near the 134 freeway in Glendale Friday, May 3, 2013.

Southern California firefighters are battling a new brushfire in the hills of Glendale, which has burned 75 acres. It forced the evacuation of some homes and a closure on the 2 freeway, near the 134.

"The firefighters are starting to get a handle on it," Sgt. Tom Lorenz with the Glendale Police Department told KPCC. "We're assessing our evacuation plan. We do have parts of Chevy Chase Canyon still evacuated, along with Glen Oaks Canyon."

While further evacuations aren't expected, Lorenz said that if there are further evacuations, "When we knock on your door, we would like you to leave very rapidly."

KTLA reports that air support has been pulled as firefighters get control of the fire.

The fire erupted north of State Route 134 near Chevy Chase Canyon, east of the 2 freeway, and has burned close to structures.

Lorenz said that road closures will likely be in place until 8 p.m. Friday night. "If you're coming home from work, maybe have a nice dinner, catch a movie, and let the firefighters do their work," Lorenz said.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says the fire was reported just after 2 p.m. Friday.

Four helicopters are responding to the scene.

Low visibility from the smoke has prompted closure of the Glendale Freeway between State Route 134 and Interstate 210, causing traffic to back up for miles. However, traffic lightened up as news of the fire spread, Lorenz said.

Glendale Community College has canceled its Friday night classes.

This story has been updated.

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