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Wildfires threaten southern California homes, prompt evacuations


Added 10-22-19 06:10:03am EST - “California firefighters worked through the night into early Tuesday to tackle a ...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Wildfires threaten southern California homes, prompt evacuations”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California firefighters worked through the night into early Tuesday to tackle a pair of wildfires threatening people’s homes.

Live aerial video footage broadcast by KABC-TV showed flames raging along a ridge-line at the edge of an affluent beach-front neighborhood located between Santa Monica and Malibu about 18 miles (30 km) west of downtown Los Angeles.

Initially, a mandatory evacuation was ordered for about 200 homes in the Pacific Palisades community, as ground teams and helicopters worked on putting out hot spots and carving a containment line around the fire zone’s perimeter.

However, at around 8 p.m. (0300 GMT), the Los Angeles Fire Department said all evacuation orders had been lifted from the Palisades fire, and residents could return home.

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

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