Update 7:13 p.m.: LAFD reports fire knocked down
L.A. Fire officials tweeted Sunday night that the had knocked down the fire that had been burning most of the afternoon in Pacific Palisades.
Update 3:48 p.m.: Crews have Palisades fire 'nearly contained' after close call
Los Angeles fire authorities say they have a brushfire that broke out near homes in the Pacific Palisades area mostly contained now. A witness told KPCC she could see the charred remains of the fire beneath the home where she lives with her parents and brother.
"It's still steaming. I'm not sure if it's steam or smoke," Pacific Palisades resident Amy Baum told KPCC. Baum said she noticed the fire only after she heard the persistent sound of a nearby helicopter and looked out her window to see a fire creeping up the hillside.
"I was in my bedroom and I heard a helicopter and I looked outside and, not too far down from my house there were just flames everywhere," she said.
Baum said firefighters began trailing through her backyard in the Palisades' highlands area to reach the fire below. She said it was the worst she's seen since she's been living in the area in 1999.
"I have two cats and a bird, so first thing did was make sure I had them in their carriers," Baum said. "I didn't know what to do. My neighbors were all outside scrambling to get our things packed up. We weren't sure if we were going to be evacuated. Then we talked to some firefighters and they said to just have our things ready, that they would come door-to-door to let us know when to evacuate if it was necessary."
The L.A. Fire Department has adjusted the number of acres burned in the fire from 10 to 5 acres. On their Twitter feed, the agency has been cautioning residents in the area to remain alert, but have not called for evacuations.
— KPCC staff
2:30 p.m.: Brush fire threatens homes in Pacific Palisades
Firefighters are battling a quarter-acre brush fire threatening homes in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says the fire broke out about 12:30 p.m. Sunday in parkland west of Avenida de Santa Ynez.
Humphrey says no evacuations were immediately ordered as more than 160 firefighters and three helicopters battled the brush fire northwest of Santa Monica.
No injuries were immediately reported, and no structures were damaged.
Humphrey could not immediately say how many homes were threatened by the fire.
- Associated Press