The authorities have ordered evacuations and the fire has already burned more than 30 hectares
Evacuation orders were issued when the Los Angeles Fire Department was working to extinguish a fire that was generated in scrolls that moved quickly and that It quickly burned 30 hectares.
The big fire threatens billionaire houses in Pacific Palisades, northwest of Los Angeles.
The flames burst shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Monday in the 500 block of North Palisades Drive and quickly burned one hectare, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
An hour after the fire started, the Palisades fire had grown to at least 30 hectares and threatened homes along Vista Grande Drive and Charmel LaneFirefighters said.
Immediate and mandatory evacuations were ordered throughout the area.
Around 200 homes were affected by the evacuation order, according to a fire official. An evacuation shelter will be established at the Palisades Recreation Center, located at 851 Alma Real Dr.
“Everyone in this area has instructions to leave NOW in a calm and orderly manner”, said an alert from the Department of Bombreros.
Firefighters warned about the possibility of fire and smoke changing behavior, as well as the imminent arrival of a fixed-wing firefighting aircraft that will fall retardingly over the area.
Earlier, Residents could be seen fleeing when the fire moved dangerously close to homes in the luxurious community. At one point, some people stood near the edge of the hillside, trying to spray the flames with water from the garden hoses.
More than 300 employees of LAFD and the Los Angeles County Fire Department were sent to fight fire by air and land.
At 11:50 in the morning they were able to push back the flames fed by the ground, which at one time lit trees and other bushes in the backyards. The fire seemed to be under control less than 30 minutes later, but tall columns of smoke could still be seen over the houses miles away.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, structures have not yet been damaged.
The Fire Department initially did not receive any reports of injuries. But later, You could see a person who appeared to be a firefighter being taken on a stretcher to an ambulance. The type of injury is not known, as is the condition of the firefighter.
Santa Ana winds are expected to develop in Los Angeles County on Monday, but the wind was not a factor in the spread of the Palisades fire, according to authorities.
It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, and the cause is under investigation.