Firefighters Battle Brush Fire Above Multimillion-Dollar Homes in Pacific Palisades

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Firefighters on Tuesday battled a brush fire that burned at least 5 acres of a densely vegetated hillside near several multimillion-dollar homes in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.

The fire was reported at about 2:16 p.m. in the area of 17793 West Calle De Palermo, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

By 3:30 p.m., LAFD said firefighters had stopped the fire from spreading at about 5 acres.

The flames were 75% contained Tuesday evening, and crews would remain on scene overnight to ensure there aren’t any flare ups, LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said in a video message.

Officials said the terrain-driven fire was burning uphill in medium to heavy brush.

A fire burns in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on Aug. 13, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)
A fire burns in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on Aug. 13, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

“Air and ground crews have knocked down most of the active flames in the brush fire that burned uphill and away from the nearby homes,” LAFD said at about 3:25 p.m.

The department said weather conditions were favorable with weak winds, high humidity and temperatures measuring about 71 degrees.

Video showed a thick cloud of smoke billowing over the brush-covered hillside where an LAFD helicopter was seen dropping water on charred vegetation.

L.A. County Fire Department units were helping city firefighters extinguish the blaze. County fire officials initially said the fire was at 7 acres.

Google Maps shows the fire is near the Palisades Country Estates gated community, where homes can cost more than $5 million, according to real-estate websites.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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