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At Least 5,000 Forced From Their Homes by Raging Brushfire in Celebrity-Filled Los Angeles Suburb


At Least 5,000 Forced From Their Homes by Raging Brushfire in Celebrity-Filled Los Angeles Suburb (KCBS via CBS Newspath)

Thousands have been forced to flee their homes in an LA suburb as a blaze that began as a brushfire grew exponentially Saturday.

Upwards of 5,000 residents in and around the Los Angeles County town of Calabasas--home to Kim and Kanye, among other luminaries--were subject to mandatory evacuations as flames approached homes and even the area high school.

Hundreds of firefighters and trucks from across the region showed up to battle the blaze Saturday evening as helicopters dropped water on the normally quiet suburb 30 miles outside Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies were even seen taking up residential garden hoses in a desperate bid to beat back flames as they licked at area homes.

Deputy Jeffrey A. Gordon with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department told reporters the fire was sparked when a pickup truck struck a power pole.

“Witnesses reported that the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed before colliding into a power pole, causing the pole to fall and a transformer to explode, thus igniting the Calabasas fire,” he said.

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The fire was dubbed the Old Fire because of its proximity to Old Topanga Canyon Road, fire officials said.

By early Sunday morning, fire officials lifted the mandatory evacuation for some residents after the swift moving blaze began, slowly, to be contained.

"#OldFire Update** residents in Calabasas area will be allowed to go back @ 2am. Note power might still be out.Topanga evac still in place," LA County Fire tweeted around 1 a.m. Pacific.

By Sunday morning, reports were putting the 500-plus acre fire at 15 percent containment.

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