Pacific Palisades Wildfire Threatens Homes in California

Pacific Palisades Wildfire Threatens Homes in California

A fast-moving brush fire spread over an estimated 30 acres and threatened several homes in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Monday, the authorities said.

Firefighters were managing to hold back the flames, which were driven by hot, dry conditions and the terrain, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement. There did not appear to be significant damage to buildings, because of a lack of wind and because residents had complied with instructions to clear brush, it added.

The homes threatened were near Vista Grande Drive and Charmel Lane. No evacuation orders had been issued, but live video showed flames and billowing smoke approaching homes as people fled.

In a TV interview with CBSN Los Angeles, Sean Rios, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, emphasized that homeowners should always clear the areas around their houses to protect them.

“Fire season is called fire season, and in California, that can be any time of year,” he said.

The area where the fires broke out is an affluent community just north of Santa Monica. Local landmarks include the Getty Villa museum.

This story will be updated.


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