Suspicious Brush Fire in Pacific Palisades Chars 5 Acres

The blaze dubbed the Pali Fire was first reported about 12:30 p.m.

By Andrew Lopez and Willian Avila
|  Monday, May 5, 2014  |  Updated 12:23 AM PDT
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A matchbox was found amongst the charred debris of a brush fire that consumed five acres. Arson investigators are working to determine whether it was involved in the start of the fire. Kate Larsen reports from Pacific Palisades for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, May 4, 2014.

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A matchbox was found amongst the charred debris of a brush fire that consumed five acres. Arson investigators are working to determine whether it was involved in the start of the fire. Kate Larsen reports from Pacific Palisades for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, May 4, 2014.

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Fire Chars 5 Acres in Pacific Palisades

Firefighters battled a blaze that charred five acres of brush near homes. Kate Larsen reports from Pacific Palisades for the NBC4 News at 6 on Sunday, May 4, 2014
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A suspicious fire that consumed about five acres of brush in Pacific Palisades, coming dangerously close to homes at one point, was under control, fire officials said.

The blaze dubbed the Pali Fire was reported about 12:30 p.m. Sunday in steep canyons near the 17000 block of Avenida de Santa Ynez, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Just before 5 p.m., about 200 firefighters involved in the battle were able to knock down the  flames.

A matchbox was found near the burn area. Arson investigators were working to determine the cause of the blaze.

No injuries were immediately reported, and no structures were damaged, fire officials said.

Crews planned to remain at the scene through Sunday night to put out potential spot fires and flare-ups.

Three helicopters and firefighters from various agencies were sent to battle the slow-spreading flames. Fire officials initially reported that homes were in danger, but by 2:30 p.m. firefighters reported there were no structures threatened.

"I've been living here 14 years. I never wanted to see one of those, but you always know (that you will) sooner or later," a neighbor said.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted, "Great work by over 150 @LAFD personnel in Pacific Palisades today. Fire is under control, but crews will be there all night to keep safe."

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