Mandatory Evacuations And Warnings Remain For Palisades Fire; Investigators Continue Search For Suspected Arsonist

Mandatory evacuation orders for some residents remained in place Sunday, with additional neighborhoods issued warnings as firefighters battled a brush fire that has burned 1,325 acres in the Pacific Palisades area.

Mandatory Evacuations And Warnings Remain For Palisades Fire; Investigators Continue Search For Suspected Arsonist

PACIFIC PALISADES (CBSLA) — Mandatory evacuation orders for some residents remained in place Sunday, with additional neighborhoods issued warnings, as firefighters battled a brush fire that has burned 1,325 acres in the Pacific Palisades area.

“We’re under warning. We haven’t actually been forced to evacuate,” a homeowner in Pacific Palisades told CBSLA’s Laurie Perez. “We do have our important, necessary items and if we need to, we’ll load them in the car and go.”

More than 100 other neighbors in the Pacific Palisades also watched and waited to see if they needed to evacuate like the more than 500 homes that were forced to leave Saturday night in Topanga Canyon.

Air support made nonstop water drops throughout Sunday as 100’s of firefighters on the ground, including multiple hand crews, tried to stop the flames in remote, rugged terrain.

“What we’re dealing with is this. We have essentially onshore flow pushing that wind up into this canyon and that canyon consists of old, heavy growth that hasn’t had fire activity in 50 plus years.”

The suspected cause of the fire is arson and investigators have been questioning people.

“During the course of the investigation, LAFD Arson Investigators have aggressively tracked down any and all potential leads. We did have one individual who was detained and released. However, we now have a 2nd individual that is being questioned. The active investigation into the cause of the Palisades fire continues,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in statement released Sunday.

Investigators also said they are aware of social media posts spreading unconfirmed information about possible suspects, one app even posted a picture and offered a $30,000 reward. Officials have asked that the fire investigation be left to the experts.

“We don’t people on social media to speculate unnecessarily. Give us the time to do a thorough investigation and we’ll provide you that information,” LAFD Cpt. Erik Scott told CBSLA.

The fire erupted around 10 p.m. on Friday off Michael Lane, and quickly spread. No containment has been reported, as the fire prompted the mandatory evacuation of homes in two zones.

Evacuation orders remain in place for the following: Cheney Ranch Road, Rochemont Drive, Penny Road, Callon Drive, Sylvania Lane, Paradise Lane, and Cheney Drive, Busch Trl, Prier Road, Hillside Drive, Fontaine Road, Winfield Road, Bonilla Drive, Robinson Road, Entrada Road, Waveview Drive, Amy Way, Colina Drive, Greenbluff Drive, Encina Road. The evacuation orders affect 1,000 people.

An evacuation warning was issued as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday for the 1500 block of Chastain Parkway West, which encompasses all homes north of Chastain Parkway to Calle Del Cielo (eastern boundary). The warning area includes Calle De Sarah, Calle Bellevista and all homes West of Calle Del Cielo / Ave Ashley up to the hills. Residents were urged to prepare for a potential evacuation.

No structures have been damaged and no injuries reported.

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Actor Ricky Schroder Argues With Costco Employee About Mask Confusion

Actor Ricky Shcroder argues with LA-area Costco employee who won't let him in without a mask.

Actor Ricky Schroder Argues With Costco Employee About Mask Confusion

STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) – New guidelines released by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention for when and where people should wear masks have created widespread confusion in the Los Angeles area.

In a video posted to his Facebook page Sunday, former “Silver Spoons” actor Ricky Schroder argued with a Costco employee who wouldn’t let him inside the store without a mask.

“Why aren’t you letting me in,” Schroder can be seen saying. “Nationwide, Costco has said you don’t need to have masks.”

The situation illustrated how the CDC’s new mask guidelines and the policy announcements from companies like Costco, Walmart and Trader Joe’s that followed are confusing and, in some cases, angering people.

According to both Costco’s and Walmart’s websites, the stores are allowing people in without masks, but only at locations where there are no state or local mask mandates.

While Governor Gavin Newsom said on Friday that’s he’s considering whether and when to adopt federal mask guidelines, California’s mask-mandate remains in place until at least June 15.

However, LA-are Trader Joe’s stores told CBSLA that they are allowing customers who are fully vaccinated to shop without wearing masks.

Not everyone was aware of the new mask policies and some of those who did know about the new guidelines said they didn’t yet feel comfortable shopping without their masks on.

“Even if you’re allowed to do something doesn’t mean you should always do it,” a Trader Joe’s customer said.

It’s unclear whether the state will communicate with private businesses that are lifting the mask mandate against statewide guidelines.

 

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