A fire, dubbed the Pacific Fire, broke out at around 1:15 p.m. on June 8, near the intersection of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.
PCH was shut down in both directions at Topanga, as several L.A. County Fire Department units battled the fire, which initially covered about a quarter of acre of land.
The area reportedly had heavy vegetation, which led the fire to grow to about an acre about 10 minutes later.
Initially a helitanker was requested to fly over the blaze, but firefighters cancelled it, anticipating being able to extinguish the blaze. The fire department reported the fire’s forward programs had been stopped at 1:44 p.m. and that no injuries or structure damage was reported.
PCH reopened around 2:30 p.m., but traffic was stop and go on Topanga Canyon Road and portions of PCH.
PUBLIC SAFETY FAIR SATURDAY:
To celebrate June as National Safety month, Councilmember Traci Park is hosting a Regional Public Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.
The event, co-sponsored by the Pacific Palisades and Brentwood Community Council and the Palisades-Malibu YMCA will be held at Simon Meadow, located at the corner of Temescal Canyon Road and Sunset Boulevard. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.
Those participating or having tables in the meadow, include Los Angeles Fire Department (Station 69), Brush clearance representatives and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).
Los Angeles Police Department will be represented as will the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness.
The City’s Emergency Management Department, the Department of Disability and MySafe:LA will attend.
Local groups participating include Resilient Palisades, the Palisades Forestry Committee and American Legion Post 283.
The offices of LAUSD School Board Member Nick Melvoin, State Senator Ben Allen and L.A. County Supervisor Lindsey Horvath will also be represented.
“This is a great chance to learn from our local experts about safety precautions and emergency preparedness, said Councilmember Traci Park. “The safety of our community is our top priority, and this fair is a step forward in ensuring that.”