UPDATE: Mandatory Evacs Lifted in Pacific Palisades Fire

Ameera Butt
October 22, 2019 - 7:03 am
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Flames engulfed a Pacific Palisades hillside Monday, coming within a frightening distance of multi-million dollar homes and forcing a precautionary evacuation of nearly 200 residences. 

The fire was initially reported around 10:30 a.m. near the 500 block of North Palisades Drive. 

The fire is 10 percent contained and burned through 40 acres on Tuesday.

Firefighters and camp crews will be spending the day today mopping up hotspots in the area of the Pacific Palisades Fire.

As of 8:00 pm Monday night, all residents were allowed back into their homes, all evacuation orders were lifted, and the evacuation center was closed, according to the LAFD website.

Mandatory evacuations were in effect for Charmel Lane to the west, Bienvenida Avenue to the east, Merivale Lane to the south and End of Lachman Lane to the north. 

"There is a Mandatory Evacuation Order 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. All persons in this area are directed to leave NOW in a calm and orderly manner. This is due to both potential fire and smoke behavior as well as the pending arrival of large fixed-wind retardant dropping aircraft," the LAFD website said in an evacuation order.

The fire was moving fast and more than 155 firefighters were responding, and by 1:00 pm, 30 acres were impacted, but no structures were damaged. 

No injuries have been reported and video shows homeowners fighting the blaze. 

Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey tells KNX there's been a quick and massive response to try to keep flames from reaching any structures.

The fire is burning in very steep terrain in areas with thick vegetation, putting out a lot of heavy smoke.