Mandatory evacuations for the Palisades fire have been lifted. Residents are now allowed to return home.
“Please drive slowly and watch out for fire and police vehicles,” LAFD said. “Everyone in high fire danger areas should be cautious and ready to quickly evacuate, since fire danger weather conditions will continue to be dangerously dry and windy over the next several days.”

A brush fire that first broke out in The Highlands area this morning at approximately 10:40 a.m. has reached approximately 40 acres, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
A perimeter has been established and multiple agencies are working to make sure the fire does not burn out of the containment area.
“Our concern is that we will be expecting more fire weather as the week progresses, because of that, we are not going to leave any stone unturned in this community,” LAFD officials said during a media briefing this afternoon.
One civilian and one fire fighter have sustained injuries. No structures have been damaged or destroyed.

Courtesy of LAFD

A Mandatory Evacuation Order is in place for residents near a 30-acre fire burning in The Highlands area.

“There is a Mandatory Evacuation Order for all residents within the area bordered by Charmel Lane on the west, Bienveneda Avenue on the east, the end of Lachman Lane on the north and Merivale Lane on the south,” LAFD reported.
An evacuation center has been established at Palisades Recreation Center, located at 851 Alma Real Drive.
The evacuation was ordered due to potential fire and smoke behavior as well as the arrival of a large, fixed-wing retardant dropping aircraft.
“Evacuating residents are asked to notify their neighbors of this Mandatory Evacuation Order, and to offer what evacuation assistance they can to neighbors who have mobility or functional needs,” LAFD said.

A brush fire burning in The Highlands has reached approximately 30 acres as of 11:45 a.m. on Monday, October 21.

“Now, one hour into the firefight, this wildfire is believed to have consumed 30-plus acres of brush, and threatened several homes along Vista Grande Drive and Charmel Lane,” LAFD reported.

As of 11:30 a.m., LAFD reported that no structures have yet been damaged and no injuries reported.

“Some homeowners could be seen using garden hoses in an effort to beat back flames nearing their backyards, but they were clearly outmatched by the towering fire, which threatened homes along Vista Grande Drive and Charmel Lane,” City News Service reported. “As the flames advanced rapidly, some residents were seen running down their driveways, giving way to arriving structure-protection fire crews.”

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Floating embers set off at least one fire in the shrubs separating pair of homes, and firefighters were able to rush to the area to douse the flames before any structures were damaged, City News Service said.

The fire was first reported at 10:39 a.m. this morning, near the 500 block of N Palisades Drive. Later the address was updated to 800 N Palisades Drive.

“LAFD and LACoFD ground and air response to a terrain-driven (no wind) one-acre brush fire running uphill and possibly threatening homes near this location,” LAFD said.

“Don’t try and come home right now, you just won’t get in,” ABC7 directed to those who reside at the top of Palisades Drive. “Your home is OK.”

This is a breaking story and will be updated. City News Service contributed to this report.