California blaze forces over 1,000 people to evacuate

A wildfire that broke out over the weekend in the Palisades has burned more than 1,300 acres.
1:12 | 05/17/21

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Now to that raging wildfire in the west. More than a thousand forced to evacuate as the blaze nearly doubles in size. Will Carr is in pacific palisades, California with the latest. Good morning, will. Reporter: Good morning, robin. This is shaping up to be an incredibly dangerous fire season. A lot of the brush in this area is bone dry, and it's not burned in decades, and that's what's fueling the palisades fire. It burned over the weekend, and it scorched more than 1,300 acres and around a thousand people have been forced to evacuate, and it sent a huge plume of smoke up into the air that's hovering over los Angeles. This is an area filled with a lot of celebrities and multimillion dollar homes and the vegetation around here essentially acts as jet fuel for a fire like this, and as crews are trying to up their containment numbers this morning, they tell us they believe this fire could have been sparked by an arsonist, and keep in mind that this actually comes on the heels of a historic fire season last year. We're told that so far in 2021, we have seen a 700% increase in fires at this point compared to that's year in 2020. So we still could have a long way to go with this fire season, robin. It seems that way, will. Thank you.

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