Air tankers assisting a bushfire covering at least 750 acres in Pacific Palisades have been suspended tonight due to poor visibility, while sheriff’s investigators are looking for an arson suspect.
There is no containment on the fire, Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department said Saturday night. She said there are three burn marks: “the main fire, the original fire … and a small fire.”
The fire started around 10 PM in a remote area near Michael Lane and Palisades Court. Friday, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange.
According to L.A. County firefighters, orders were placed in two areas. Zone 4 is everyone east of Topanga Canyon Boulevard between Community House and View Ridge Road, and Zone 6 is everyone north of Entrada, south of Oakwood Drive, and east of the Henry Ridge Motorway. Large animals, meanwhile, can be brought to Pierce College in Woodland Hills
The terrain is very steep and extremely difficult to navigate, Stewart said. Bulldozers are working to improve firefighters’ access to the ground, but much of the area remains inaccessible. This is primarily an air operation in which both the fixed wing and the rotating machine work together. ”
Los Angeles County firefighters reported that after the marine layer was blown in, visibility became too poor for fixed-wing aircraft, which had been productive. Helicopters continued to make water droplets, and the tankers previously managed to drop retardants along the Topanga Fire Road south along the left flank.
“The state parks are closing off trails in the area because it is unsafe for walkers, but not everyone can evacuate because of the vast area,” Stewart said.
The flames were propelled by gusts of wind from the southwest at speeds of 15-25 mph, according to the National Weather Service. “Humidity 50% or higher, but fuels are VERY dry,” the agency tweeted.
Residents in the area could see a large plume of smoke, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The fire passed, Stewart said, “meaning that the edge of the fire crossed a control line as opposed to a ‘spot fire’ that is in front of the fire body.”
The endangered piece of land to the west is within the State Responsibility Area, so the Los Angeles County Fire Department will now be involved in a Unified Command with the Los Angeles Fire Department and CAL-FIRE, she said. Water drop helicopters from the LAFD and LACo Fire Department were assisted by a helicopter from Ventura County.