A brush fire that broke out on the east side of the 101 Freeway in the Cahuenga Pass has snarled traffic on surrounding roads and on the freeway back toward downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Fire Department crews responded to a report of the fire at 2:39 p.m. Eight fire trucks and three helicopters and 60 firefighters were at the scene.
Valley View Elementary School is just across the freeway and the fire broke out as school ended. The school was not threatened, but roads along Cahuenga Boulevard and Mulholland Drive were jammed until 7:45 p.m.
Katherine Main, of the Los Angeles Fire Department, said no injuries were reported in the one acre of brush that burned and the fire was declared out by 3:23 p.m. A home that has a chicken coop and many animals at the top of the hill above the flames, was unharmed.
Until 4:45 p.m. Mulholland Drive was closed and parents couldn't get to the school to pick up their children.
One frantic parent, Harriet O'Kelley, stopped her car on Mulholland Drive to ask a Los Angeles Police officer how she would get to the school on Woodrow Wilson Drive to pick up her three special-needs children.
"He won't let me walk there from here, I don't know how to get there," she said. She eventually got to the school where everything was fine.
People were taking photos of the firefighters at the scene until after sunset, even though the fire was considered completely under control. A cause of the blaze is still under investigation
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