Palisades Brush Fire Prompts Evacuation Order of 500 Homes

A brush fire in California, which sent smoky plumes into the sky above Los Angeles County as it continued to burn on Sunday, has forced the evacuation of more than 500 homes, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The blaze, named the Palisades fire, started on Saturday. It had burned 750 acres in western Los Angeles County and was at zero percent containment on Saturday evening, the Fire Department said. By Sunday, the fire had spread to 1,325 acres and was still at zero percent containment, the department said.

Evacuation orders in three areas remained in place early Monday.

The cause of the fire was “deemed to be a ‘suspicious start’ and it remains an open, active investigation,” the department said. One person was detained and released, and another was being questioned Sunday night, the Fire Department said.

There were no reports of injuries or damaged structures.

The agency said that winds near the fire were expected to push smoke east into Topanga State Park through Sunday afternoon, and that “meteorological conditions will bring smoke and ash into portions of Los Angeles County with localized impacts near the Palisades Fire.”

Daniel Victor contributed reporting.

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