Evacuees return home after Calabasas fire

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jun 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 07:43:54-04

Firefighters worked Monday to increase the containment of the "old Fire" in Calabasas, which is 80 percent contained this morning.

All roadways in the area were reopened Sunday evening, including Old Topanga Canyon Road and Topanga Canyon Boulevard, and evacuations were lifted, allowing the last of the evacuees to return home, said Lt. A.J. Rotella of the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff's Station.

"The deputies are on patrol in neighborhoods and the firefighters are watching for hot spots," Rotella told City News Service.

About 5,000 people from 3,700 homes were ordered evacuated Saturday from homes in Calabasas and Topanga Canyon.

The blaze consumed 516 acres of brush, caused minor damage to two homes and destroyed a commercial structure, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Keith Mora.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze, Mora said. Two firefighters hurt their knees while pulling hoses up and down hillsides and a third suffered a cardiac episode, said Deputy Fire Chief John Tripp.

Four additional structures were damaged, but no homes, he said.

Three fires broke out nearly simultaneously just after 4 p.m. Saturday in the southwestern San Fernando Valley. The largest -- possibly ignited when a vehicle crashed into a utility pole in the 2300 block of Mulholland Highway, downing power lines -- merged with a nearby fire to become what firefighters have dubbed the "Old Fire."

The other fire was at Kittridge Street and Valley Circle in West Hills. City of Los Angeles firefighters doused it at 6:20 p.m. Saturday. The cause was still under investigation.