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10 Freeway Recovery in LA


Just after midnight on November 11, the LA City Fire Department responded to a major fire in the 1700 block of E. 14th Street near Downtown LA. As a result of fire damage, more than a mile of the 10 Freeway had to be closed for nine days.  It returned to full service in time for morning commutes on November 20.


SEE video of reopening announcement


This followed extensive tests conducted by Caltrans to ensure the safety of Angelenos driving across it. While construction continues, the 10 will now be monitored to ensure it remains safe for commuters by using electronic devices that detect structural shifts during use as well as manual daily surveys to detect freeway movement. 



For details of the original Saturday morning major alarm blaze beneath the 10 Freeway, see: 

LA City Fire



mall images of earthquake damage, trees on fire, cars flooded on the road, and rocks falling fown a hillside. The LA City seal is also shown. TEXT: Hazard Mitigation Survey / Help us develop a plan to prepare our community for natural disasters

Did having a major-alarm fire close one of LA's busiest freeways come as a surprise to Angelenos? The City plans for and anticipates dozens of types of disasters - many uncommon to this area. As part of its ongoing Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) development, you can assist LA by completing an anonymous survey:

LHMP Survey



Against a backdrop of burned freeway overpass, a red & blue emblem similar to highway road signs includes the text: FIX THE 10

On November 13, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that CAL FIRE investigators believe the fire under the 10 was the result of arson.  A "person of interest" has since been identified; details at: 

Cal Fire


If you have information on this fire, or recognize the person shown, please provide any tips (anonymously) to their Arson Hotline at 1-800-468-4408 or email:

Public Transit Agencies Helped Many Avoid  Gridlock

A photo of passenger loading area at a Metro rail line. TEXT: f possible, it is ideal to utilize the Public Transit System in order to alleviate the time of congestion during the reconstruction of the Interstate 10. Some services, such as the DASH and Commuter Express, are free to use!

LADOT, LA Metro & Caltrans Teamwork, in story-form


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Caltrans 10 Freeway Repair Updates,

including LIVE construction cameras, at:


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More L.A. Real-Time Transit Sources


Courtesy of LA City Fire Department's Public Service desk, find more updated, exhaustive online resources for identifying street closures, transit status, and freeway information.

[Source: LAFD]


Resources for Impacted Businesses

City businesses impacted by the fire can receive remote or in-person assistance from LA BusinessSource Centers, which provide free consultations, business support, and grant/loan application assistance. 

View or download a list, prepared by LA Mayor's Office, of many other resources available for affected businesses and workers. 

Freeway-Impact Business Resources


LOCAL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE 10 FREEWAY CLOSURE / LOCATION: RNDC -  500 S. CENTRAL AVE. LOS ANGELES, CA 90013 / Hours of Operation: Monday/Tuesday, December 4-5, 10 AM to 4 PM / Services available for businesses impacted by this incident: The Local Business Assistance Resource Center will be a one-stop shop where business owners impacted by the 10 Freeway closure can obtain assistance, services, and resources from government agencies and nonprofits. More at:



Local Business Assistance Resource Center

To ensure impacted businesses received immediate and direct assistance, the City of Los Angeles has been hosting a Local Business Assistance Resource Center (LBARC) -- in partnership with other government agencies and nonprofits. More than 100 businesses visited the center over the first four days.  The center will reopen for two more days, beginning December 4.


More LBARC Info 





For information about filing a claim with Caltrans for property damage related to the 10 Freeway fire/closure: Caltrans Damage Claims, email the District 7 Claims Office at:, or call (213) 897-0816. For Public Affairs: 213-897-3656.

Claim Form


Apply here -- by December 10 -- for the next round of up to $5,000 Microenterprise Recovery Program Grants, available to LA City small businesses.  Check eligibility and apply online.



"The state is mobilizing resources and taking steps to ensure any necessary repairs are completed as soon as possible to minimize the impact on those traveling in and around Los Angeles. I want to thank all of the first responders and firefighters working tirelessly to contain this fire. The state will assess damage, remove hazardous waste and begin repairs as soon as the site can be accessed. Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol will continue to provide updates as they become available."
November 11, 2023

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