Published On: Tue, Oct 22nd, 2019

Pacific Palisades fire MAPPED: Latest news as residents told to be ready to evacuate again | World | News

The Pacific Palisades fire initially began around 10.30am PST at the base of Palisades drive. The blaze quickly spread, devouring 18 acres in just 15 minutes, before ploughing uphill and burning more than 40 acres of brush.

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) imposed evacuation orders for some 200 homes, but they have since been lifted.

Residents were able to return home around 8pm last night.

However, the fire is not completely contained yet and the LAFD is warning residents to stay vigilant.

LAFD Chief Patrick Butler said during a press conference: “Everyone in high fire danger areas should be cautious and ready to quickly evacuate, since fire danger weather conditions will continue to be dangerously dry and windy over the next several days.”

There were two reported injuries, one minor injury to a firefighter and one civilian who was taken to the hospital for respiratory stress, Mr Butler said.

The LAFD now has a 10 percent containment line around the fire.

In a statement, the department said: “Thanks to the relentless work of firefighters, none of the nearly 200 threatened homes was damaged or destroyed.”

Firefighters remained stationed on the steep, cliff-like terrain throughout the night to ensure the containment lines held.

Crews are still patrolling the area to look for smouldering hotspots to prevent another outbreak.

Winds are now in firefighter’s favour and are expected to aid in the containment throughout Tuesday.

Captain Branden Silverman of the LAFD said: “Right now, the conditions are favourable for fighting this fire.

“We have on-shore winds that are coming off the coast and keeping the Santa Ana winds from pushing this fire hard.”

The LAFD said: “We appreciate the community’s cooperation and support for following instructions from public safety personnel.

“As residents return home, we ask that they drive slowly and remain cautious of emergency workers operating in the area and rolling rocks on hillsides.”

Pacific Palisades is a coastal neighbourhood west of downtown Los Angeles.

The wealthy area is home to many celebrities, including actress Reese Witherspoon and director JJ Abrams.

The fire was not threatening Los Angeles County residents and there was no reason to evacuate the county, County Fire Chief Anthony Marrone said.

One resident, Charlie Lyons, was hiking on Monday morning when he noticed the plumes of smoke.

He said: “You go into denial immediately, saying, ‘I hope it’s not what I think it is’.”

Mr Lyon’s daughter added: “I immediately started packing my stuff, my valuables.

“My friend last year lost her house in Malibu. You can’t predict what Mother Nature is going to do.”

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