Small Fire Near Cal Poly Pomona Delayed Traffic


Small Fire Near Cal Poly Pomona Delayed Traffic
A Los Angeles County firefighter 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., Wednesday, May 30, burned along East Campus Drive on the slope of the Interstate 10 and 57 Freeway interchange. The fire did not spread to the Cal Poly Pomona campus.

Los Angeles County firefighters extinguished the fire by 9:42 a.m. The fire burned less than an acre.

At one point, the blaze caused 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  blocked access to East Campus Drive for emergency personnel vehicles.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

(Updated at 9:55 a.m., May 30, 2007.)