PACIFIC PALISADES - Firefighters found an acre-and-a-half brush fire with flames rapidly spreading uphill in medium to heavy brush. Quick action by firefighters ultimately held the burn area to approximately five acres.
Flames burned up a hill and away from homes in Pacific Palisades on August 13th, 2019. This fire was driven by the topography. The steep grade lead to the uphill brush being preheated by the flames below, before being consumed by the fire's footprint. Firefighters from LAFD and LACoFD hit this fire hard and fast and stopped the forward progress with containment at 75% in less than two hours. Hose lines were stretched up the trecherous terrain to surround the fire, while helicopters made water drops on the head of the fire and some spot fires that started from embers being cast ahead of the fire front.
Ground crews conducted a thorough mop up of the area, putting out hot spots. Fire personnel stayed on scene throughout the night to ensure no flare ups escape the containment line. There were no reported injuries during this incident and no evacuations were needed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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