Two brush fires - burning simultaneously within a few miles of each other - alongside the northbound lanes of State Highway 57 between Brea and Diamond Bar resulted in a partial shutdown of the northbound 57 early this morning, and tied up traffic both directions between the 91 freeway in Fullerton and the 60 freeway in Diamond Bar. The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that the blaze burned about 25 acres of brush along the east side of the 57 freeway north of Brea and south of Diamond Bar. After a few hours, two lanes of traffic were opened northbound. A check of traffic conditions at 11:00am showed traffic flow was still moving slowly on the 57 northbound from the 91 in Placentia, north through Brea, picking up speed approaching Diamond Bar.
The cause of the fires are being investigated. KTLA 5 TV News reports that authorities are looking into reports that witnesses saw suspicious activity by someone in a car near the location where the fires started.
The following audio report aired in the 8:00am hour this morning on 91.9 KVCR.
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