Pacific Palisades Fire Started by Homeless

Chris Houghton

A small vegetation fire that started at 3 a.m. Sunday morning is now 90 percent contained.

The 2.5-acre fire that occurred in the Pacific Palisades bluffs on Sunday morning spread from a small fire started by homeless people who were burning trash, according to the Palisadian-Post

"They tried to stomp it out but it got out of their control," Battalion 9 Chief Antoine McKnight told the Post.

Pacific Palisades residents woke up to a 2.5-acre fire on Sunday morning that has now been knocked down by the Los Angeles Fire Department. The vegetation fire started at 3 a.m. at the 100 block of Temescal Canyon Rd. and is now 90 percent contained, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A total of 104 firefighters were on the scene near the Pacific Coast Highway to terminate a large portion of the fire in three and a half hours. They will continue to clear the area with helicopters dropping water from above.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but no injuries were reported and residents did not have to evacuate. 

The Pacific Palisades has been favored by Hollywood as well as the homeless. The fire is burning on same bluffs where hundreds of homeless people reside after police pushed many out of Santa Monica. New signs declaring the hillside brush zone of Palisades Park a "very high fire hazard severity zone" were scheduled to be erected on Oct. 7. 

Nov. 7, 9:45 a.m. Updated with cause of fire. 

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