Wildfires are burning dangerously close to homes in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, in California, with residents forced to flee the blaze.
The fire has burned more than 12 hectares of brush and is threatening homes on the hillside, city fire officials said. Some properties are worth millions of dollars. Pictures from the scene show huge flames coming dangerously close to properties as residents attempt to fight off the flames.
A mandatory evacuation order has just been put in place for all residents in the area, LAFD said.
“This is due to both potential fire and smoke behaviour as well as the pending arrival of large fixed-wind retardant dropping aircraft,” it added.
There are reports one firefighter has been injured.
The fire started just after 10:30am local time (4.40am AEDST) and quickly moved uphill, and has burned trees and brush in the backyards of homes.
Fire officials say this is a terrain-driven fire, not wind-driven.
More than 300 personnel from the LAFD and the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to battle the fire by air and ground, KTLA reported.
There was no immediate cause given for the fire. Arson investigators were on scene, according to CNN affiliate KCAL-TV.