LOS ANGELES -- A brush fire burned dangerously close to homes Monday in Pacific Palisades, an upscale community in Los Angeles.
The fire started burning around 10:30 a.m. in a canyon north of Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset Boulevard, and was threatening large homes along a canyon ridge within a half-hour. Residents could be seen scrambling to leave the area as the blaze burned uphill and in the backyard of large homes.
Winds were not strong, but the flames were fueled by dry brush and trees, according to an LAFD alert. Officials estimate the fire had spread across roughly 30 acres by 11:30 a.m.
Firefighters aggressively attacked the flames with helicopter water drops and hose lines on the ground, and no structures had been damaged as of about noon, KTLA reports. In the next half hour, crews continued their assault, driving the bulk of the flames downhill and appearing to make significant progress.
The smoke was visible from around L.A.'s Westside, including from the Santa Monica pier:
Pacific Palisades is an affluent town made up of smaller neighborhoods, just north of Santa Monica along PCH. Ben Affleck, Tom Hanks and Billy Crystal are among the town's notable residents.
More than 300 personnel from LAFD and the L.A. County Fire Department were dispatched to fight the fire, according to KTLA.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.