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Friday, August 28, 2009

Homes Burning in Rancho Palos Verdes Brush Fire


RANCHO PALOS VERDES-- At least six homes have been destroyed by a fast moving brush fire that broke out in Rancho Palos Verdes shortly after 8:00 p.m. Several others structures are threatened by the flames and evacuations are underway.

The fire is burning near Ocean Trails Drive and Palos Verdes Drive, near the Trump National Golf Club, according to Captain Mike Brown of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Evacuation orders have been issued for the streets of Portuguese Bend, Amber Sky, and Crest Road in Rancho Palos Verdes, Captain Sam Padilla of the Los Angeles County Fire Department told KTLA.

According to Padilla, 5 water-dropping helicopters are working to put out the flames.

Six structures were spotted burning in the fire, though County Fire officials have not released an official count.

Several other homes in the area of Cintring and Spur Lanes are threatened and are in the direct path of the fire, according to officials.

Wind conditions in the area are said to be light, and blowing from the south. The area is said to be very dry.

More than 250 firefighters are fighting the flames.

A command center, set up to provide information on the blaze to the media at the Trump National Golf Course, was forced to move due to the fast moving flames.

Over 75 acres have been consumed by the fire, Los Angeles County Fire Officials said. The fire is moving and is expected to continue growing.

An evacuation center has been set up at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School at Hawthorne and Silver Spur.

Animals evacuated by the flames may be brought to Howlett Park at 25852 Hawthorne Boulevard.

Power lines are also being consumed by the fire.

The fire quickly went from a single alarm to three alarms in just under thirty minutes.

There is no word on what started the fire.

Source : La Times

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