What we know about the wildfire burning in Los Angeles County and evacuations

May 17, 2021 at 19:14

(CNN) An arson suspect in custody is believed to be responsible for starting the uncontrolled Palisades Fire in Southern California that began over the weekend, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday.
The Palisades Fire has prompted ongoing evacuation orders and warnings in a zone about 20 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.
The blaze is still 0% contained and has charred more than 1,320 acres since it was reported Friday.
One firefighter suffered a minor injury to his eye, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) said.
No homes or other structures have burned.
Some drizzly rain in the area and an inversion layer have helped prevent the fire from spreading.
That marine layer tends to trap heat, and Garcetti warned that once the clouds lift, typically in the afternoon, flames have the potential to take off rapidly.
Firefighters keep a lookout as a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter makes a water drop Saturday on the Palisades Fire in Topanga State Park.
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