"This is due both to the potential fire and smoking behavior" and to the impending arrival of fire-retardant launchers for large aircraft, LAFD said in a press release.
The fire started around 10:30 am PST at the base of Palisades Drive and spread rapidly over 18 acres in 15 minutes. It went uphill quickly and burned more than 30 acres of brush. About 200 houses in eight apartment blocks are threatened by the flames, said LAFD boss Patrick Butler during a press conference.
There are no reports of injuries or damaged structures, Butler said, and the cause of the fire is unknown.
Pacific Palisades is a coastal area west of downtown Los Angeles. The wealthy area is home to many celebrities, including Reese Witherspoon, whose home was recently featured in an issue of Vogue. Director J.J. Abrams bought a $ 6.2 million home there in 201
More than 150 LAFD employees fought against the fire he. Six hand crews from the Los Angeles County Fire Department helped the LAFD and planned to spend all night in the hills of Palisades, Butler said.
"Currently, the conditions for fighting this fire are favorable," said Captain Branden Silverman of the LAFD. "We have winds ashore that come from the shore and prevent the Santa Ana winds from fueling this fire."
The fire does not threaten the residents of Los Angeles County and there is no reason to evacuate county fire chief Anthony Marrone said.
Helicopters released numerous and precise drops of water and fire retardants on the flames. Firefighters along an extremely steep ridge among million-dollar homes were seen using hoses and trails to stop the fire from advancing. "If you look at the firefighters, they are essentially clawing stones at this hill."
"One can not predict what Mother Nature will do"
Charlie Lyons said he hiked on Monday morning when he noticed the clouds of smoke.
"They immediately go into disapproval and say," I hope it's not what I think, "he said, adding that this was the second time in three weeks that he was setting fire in the hills of Palisades "We're currently in a terrible cycle."