California: 'Fireball' meteor spotted moving across sky
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As of Sunday afternoon, the Palisades Fire had devoured 1,325 acres of land across Pacific Palisades and Topanga Canyon, with the County of Los Angeles Fire Department reporting zero percent containment of the blaze. Residents have been forced from their homes as the wildfire rages out of control, threatening structures in the region.
More than 500 homes were evacuated in Topanga Canyon on Saturday night, with mandatory evacuation orders still in place across much of the area.
The LAFD is treating the fire as suspicious, with arson investigators working on the case.
The latest update from the LAFD said: “During the course of the investigation, LAFD Arson Investigators and LAPD have aggressively tracked down any and all potential leads.
“We did have one individual who was detained and released. However, we now have a 2nd individual that is being questioned.
“The active investigation into the cause of the Palisades fire continues.”
The fire department estimated 1,000 people were evacuated by Sunday morning, with evacuations ordered in two areas in the county of Los Angeles – Zone 4 and Zone 6.
Zone 4 is everyone east of Topanga Canyon Boulevard between the 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.
A new evacuation warning was issued at 2 p.m. Sunday for all homes north of Chastain Parkway in the 1500 block to Calle Del Cielo.
The warning area includes Calle De Sarah, Calle Bellevista and all homes west of Calle Del Cielo and Ave Ashley up to the hills.
Large animals can be taken to Pierce College Equestrian Center, at 6201 Winnetka Ave. in Woodland Hills.
Small animals can be taken to the Agoura Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Hills Road in Agoura.
Air quality is another concern, with a Smoke Advisory in place for much of the region, as well as a Windblown Dust Advisory.
Those smelling smoke or seeing ash are advised to limit exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed and avoiding vigorous physical activity.
The Topanga Elementary Charter School campus will be closed from Monday because of air quality and safety concerns, Los Angeles Unified announced.
Topanga Canyon Boulevard was closed in both directions between Mulholland Drive and Pacific Coast Highway until further notice due to firefighting activity.
The right lane of southbound PCH was also closed between Temescal Canyon Road and Chautauqua Boulevard.
California Highway Patrol asked hikers to stay well away from the area.
CHP West Valley tweeted: “Really didn’t think we had to say this, but here we go: PLEASE DO NOT go hiking in the area of the #PalisadesFire.
“This is an active firefight & conditions can change quickly.
“We’re all a bit busy right now with the fire & don’t have resources to keep telling hikers to stay away.”
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