Sections of Los Angeles County have been ordered evacuated as the’suspicious’ Palisades Fire spreads.

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Residents of Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles County have been told to evacuate since the Palisades Fire, which nearly doubled in size on Sunday, is being investigated for a “suspicious start.”

The LA County Fire Department said the Palisades Fire, which ignited Friday just west of Los Angeles, had scorched 750 acres by Saturday evening. By Sunday afternoon, it had grown to 1,325 acres with zero percent contained.

Weather conditions were “favourable” early Sunday, according to fire authorities, but changed later in the day as temperatures increased, sparking “flare-ups” at the fire’s edge.

“[LA County Fire Air Ops] water dropping helicopters & ground personnel continue the fight in steep, rugged terrain,” it said via Twitter.

The area of “very dry” brush and vegetation hasn’t burned in more than 50 years, the department said.

The fire has prompted authorities to issue mandatory evacuations for two zones in the area: Zone 4, which consists of residents living east of Topanga Canyon between the Community House and View Ridge; and Zone 6, which runs north of Entrada, south of Oakwood and east of Henry Ridge.

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The Department said some 1,000 people were affected by the orders.

No injuries have been report and the fire’s cause remains under investigation, the department said.

Authorities have detained two people, one of whom remained in custody as of 6 p.m. Sunday and was being questioned by LA Fire Department arson investigators, the department said in a statement.

Authorities had earlier said the fire has been “deemed to be a ‘suspicious start.'”

At 10 p.m. Friday, the department rushed to a warning of a fire in the Pacific Palisades, finding the blaze in a steep canyon, sparking an air fight to insure. It had risen to around 15 acres by Saturday morning.


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