Pacific Palisades brush fire explodes to 750 acres, prompting mandatory evacuations for Topanga residents

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (KABC) — A fast-growing brush fire near Pacific Palisades exploded to 750 acres Saturday evening, prompting mandatory evacuations for residents in the Topanga area.

Crews responded to a remote area off Michael Lane and Palisades Court around 10 p.m. Friday as the fire grew to approximately 15 acres, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fight continued overnight, but by 4 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were dealing with a significant flare-up that quickly got out of hand, creating a large plume of smoke visible from miles away.

Named the Palisades Fire, the blaze is 0% contained.

An official cause has not been determined but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it was actively looking for an arson suspect.

Around 7 p.m., mandatory evacuation orders were issued for about 500 homes in Zone 4 and 6 in the Topanga area, according the LAFD. That includes residents east of Topanga Canyon between the Community and View Ridge, and everyone north of Entrada, south of Oakwood and east of Henry Ridge.

An evacuation center for large animals was established at Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Avenue. Small animals can be taken to an L.A. County animal shelter at 29525 Agoura Road.

Over 100 firefighters were responding with water-dropping helicopters to try and contain the flames as the steep terrain made it difficult to attack from the ground.

David Ortiz with the LAFD says the fire is burning in an area that has had very little rain over the last 10 years, making for very dry vegetation to be burned. Firefighters are hoping weather conditions overnight and expected drizzle early Sunday will help their efforts against the flames.

An official cause has not been determined but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it was actively looking for an arson suspect.

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