Firefighters make a water drop on the brush fire that shut down the 90 Freeway on Saturday. Photo by Dennis Chapman

Firefighters make a water drop on the brush fire that shut down the 90 Freeway on Saturday. Photo by Dennis Chapman

A brush fire shut down the Marina (90) Freeway between Mindanao Way and Culver Boulevard on Saturday afternoon, sending one man to the hospital and causing traffic backups in Marina del Rey.

The blaze erupted at about 3:50 p.m., burning less than four acres before it was contained and mostly extinguished by 5:30 p.m., said Los Angeles Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Armando Hogan.

An adult male was transported to the hospital in fair condition following possible smoke exposure, according to a fire department statement. The man was possibly homeless and the fire occurred near what appears to have been a homeless encampment.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, Hogan said.

Helicopters made repeated water drops while ground crews worked from a shuttered stretch of the eastbound 90 between Mindanao and Culver to douse the flames, which had reached all the way to the roadside.

About 75 to 100 city and county firefighters responded to the scene, said Hogan, who was coordinating firefighting efforts at the scene.

The 90 remained closed until further notice from Caltrans, according to the California Highway Patrol.

— Joe Piasecki

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