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Wildfire threatens homes, prompts evacuations in Pacific Palisades, California


Added 10-21-19 05:10:03pm EST - “A wildfire raced up a steep hillside to threaten scores of homes in the Los Ange...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Wildfire threatens homes, prompts evacuations in Pacific Palisades, California”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire raced up a steep hillside to threaten scores of homes in the Los Angeles coastal enclave of Pacific Palisades on Monday, prompting evacuations as water-dropping helicopters and firefighters swarmed the area to battle the flames.

Live aerial video footage broadcast by KABC-TV showed tall flames raging along a ridge-line at the edge of a neighborhood, burning perilously close to several homes as authorities urged residents to flee.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said on the broadcast that winds were relatively light, helping to keep the blaze in check by reducing the amount of burning embers blown into the air.

Still a pall of thick white and brown smoke was visible for miles around the fire, which scorched an estimated 30 acres of steep slopes thick with dry brush and chaparral.

Large, repeated water drops from helicopters kept the fire from advancing into a neighborhood closest to the flames, and the fire appeared to have been largely subdued within an hour, with no injuries or serious property damage reported.

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