Brush Fire Threatens Pacific Palisades Homes, Burns 40 Acres

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The fire erupted shortly around 10:30 a.m. PT and was reported as sparking near the 500 block of North Palisades Drive. No injuries have been reported.

A spreading brush fire on Monday has threatened the multimillion-dollar homes of residents in Pacific Palisades.

The fire, referred to as the Palisades Fire, erupted shortly around 10:30 a.m. PT and was reported as sparking near the 500 block of North Palisades Drive. According to ABC7, over 150 city and county firefighters responded to battle the blaze from the air and the ground. Thus far the fire has burned 40 acres, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

In video captured by news cameras, helicopters can be seen dropping water on the flames as homeowners also attempt to battle the fire themselves with their garden hoses. 

The LAFD also reports that the fire has threatened several homes along Vista Grande Drive and Charmel Lane. Despite Santa Ana winds expected to develop, fire officials noted that wind was not a factor in the fire spreading. 

No structures have yet been damaged and no injuries have been reported. An exact cause for the fire has not been reported. 

A Mandatory Evacuation Order has been issued for all residents within the area bordered by Charmel Lane on the West, Bienveneda Avenue on the East, the end of Lachman Lane on the North and Merivale Lane on the South. The evacuations are due to both potential fire and smoke behavior as well as the pending arrival of large fixed-wind retardant dropping aircraft. A public evacuation center is now open at the Pacific Palisades Recreation Center. 

The LAFD reported early Tuesday that the fire was 10 percent contained. 

Oct. 22, 9:37 a.m. Updated with news that fire is 10 percent contained. 

Oct. 21, 12:43 p.m. Updated with news of evacuation.