CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press
An unidentified suspect has been arrested in connection with the as-yet uncontained Palisades Fire
On Monday morning, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said one of two suspects detained for questioning had been arrested but no details were released about the suspect.
The smoky wildfire churning through a Los Angeles canyon community gained strength Sunday as about a thousand residents remained under evacuation orders while others were warned they should get ready to leave, authorities said.
Cool, moist weather early in the day gave firefighters a break, but by afternoon flames starting moving again in steep terrain where tinder-dry vegetation hasn’t burned in a half-century, the fire department said.
“We’re definitely seeing increased fire activity,” said Stewart.
No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported in the wildfire that broke out late Friday in the Santa Monica Mountains. It smoldered for much of Saturday before erupting in the afternoon.
A thousand or so residents of the Topanga Canyon area were ordered to evacuate their homes as flames raced along ridges, sending a huge plume of smoke and raining ash across surrounding neighborhoods and the U.S. 101 freeway to the north.
By Sunday evening, the fire had charred a little over 2 square miles of brush and trees. There was no containment. The Los Angeles sheriff’s department’s Lost Hills station said on Twitter that the evacuation orders will remain in effect throughout the night.
Los Angeles has seen very little rain in recent months, making for extremely parched conditions and high fire risk.
Crews relied on aircraft making drops of water and retardant because “the terrain is very steep and extremely difficult to navigate which hinders ground based firefighting operations,” a fire department statement said.
Topanga Canyon is a remote, wooded community with some ranch homes about 20 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, on the border with Malibu.
AP journalist Emily Wilder contributed to this report from Phoenix.