Small Fire Burning Near Cal Poly Pomona

Small Fire Burning Near Cal Poly Pomona
A Los Angeles County firefighters scans the area for hot spots.
The fire burned less than an acre between East Campus Drive and the freeway interchange.
Smoke from the fire caused a sigalert on the freeways.

A small brush fire, which started just before 7:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, May 30), is burning along East Campus Drive on the slope of the Interstate 10 and 57 Freeway interchange. The fire is not on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.

Los Angeles County firefighters have the approximately 1/2-acre blaze under control. However as of 8:30 a.m., the blaze was causing a significant amount of smoke to billow onto the freeways forcing the closure of a transition lane from the eastbound I-10 to the southbound 57 Freeway.

The area is thick with trees, oleander bushes and other shrubbery. Homeless people are known to live in the area.

University police officers were first to the scene of the fire and have blocked access to East Campus Drive for emergency personnel vehicles.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

(Posted at 9:10 a.m., May 30, 2007.)