Arson in wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood burns 1,325 acres, thousands evacuated

Firefighters are battling a raging fire in Pacific Palisades, an affluent coastal community on the western edge of Los Angeles County, which now covers 1,325 acres and has affected about 1,000 people with evacuation orders. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is looking for an arson suspect.

Pacific Palisades is located north of Santa Monica, and according to the L.A. County Fire Department, there was zero containment of the fire as of 12:51 p.m. on the 16th. At approximately 2 p.m., authorities issued an evacuation warning for the following areas: the 1500 block of Chastain Parkway W to all homes north of Chastain Parkway, all the way to Calle Del Cielo (eastern boundary). According to the Fire Department, the warning area includes Calle De Sarah, Calle Bellevista and all homes in the hills west of Calle Del Cielo/ Ave Ashley.

The Fire Department urges all residents in the area to prepare for possible evacuation based on the evolving fire conditions. Gather valuables, medications, etc. and pack them in your vehicle so that they are ready to go if called upon to evacuate.

Although the weather was cool and humid that day, it kept the fire relatively calm. However, according to the Fire Department, conditions are expected to change as the vegetation in the area is very dry and has not burned for over 50 years. Onshore winds are expected in the afternoon, which could push the fire to the northwest.

According to LAFD spokesman Nicholas Prange, the fire ignited around 10 p.m. on the 14th in a remote area near Michael Lane and Palisades Court. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department continues to search for the person suspected of starting the fire.

The Pacific Palisades Hill Fire continues to spread. (L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Twitter)