Firefighters increased containment of a brush fire in Pacific Palisades to 30% Wednesday morning as strong winds were forecast for the area later this week.
“Firefighters worked in extremely steep terrain (Tuesday), to ensure flareups did not move past control lines,” Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. “Multiple locations flared up from smoldering debris within the burn area, however, firefighters made steady progress with continual strategic water drops to increase containment.”
Crews would be on the lookout to quickly extinguish hot spots throughout the early morning hours, Humphrey said.
Firefighters “are working vigorously ahead of an anticipated Red Flag condition that is expected to begin Thursday morning through Friday evening,” Humphrey said. “We anticipate winds to be between 10 and 25 mph, gusts up to 40 mph, with low relative humidity and increased temperatures.”
The fire has burned 40 acres, damaged eight homes and prompted temporary evacuations of 628 homes, he said. Those orders were lifted about 8 p.m. Monday.
“We are pleased to note that first responders worked tirelessly to get evacuated residents promptly back into their homes within the same day,” Humphrey said.
Humphrey praised residents for their diligence in following firefighters’ instructions.
Officials reported that one civilian was taken to a hospital with respiratory issues. One first responder, reported by one media outlet to be an inmate firefighter, was also taken to a hospital after being overcome by the heat on Monday.
There was no immediate word on a possible cause of the fire, LAFD Capt. Cody Weireter said.
It was not known if the fire originated at a homeless encampment, he said.
Weireter said the blaze started at the base of Palisades Drive and burned through about 18 acres within 15 minutes.
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