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Firefighters Battling 7-Acre Brush Fire in Malibu Area

Fire crews battled a blaze that erupted near Malibu on May 19, 2017. County Fire Department Inspector Richard Licon. Los Angeles County fire crews are responding to a small yet growing brush fire that broke out near Malibu on Friday afternoon. However, several hot spots later flared up, and — fueled by the brush — the fire appeared to grow quickly for a time, Sky 5 video showed. About 30 minutes later, the fire was around 7 acres. “We want to get a good handle on this as quickly as we can. (Credit: KTLA)
The blaze began near Mulholland Highway and Kanan Dume Road — an unincorporated area of the Santa Monica Mountains — shortly before 1 p.m., according to the L.A. KTLA’s Jennifer Thang and Melissa Pamer contributed to this story. Check back for updates on this developing story. “We want to make sure we get a good jump on it, before the winds kick up.”
The Friday afternoon forecast in the area called for sunny skies with a high near 76 degrees, with east to northeast winds of around 5 mph. A vehicle appeared to have been destroyed in the fire. (Credit: KTLA)
Fire officials have not said whether any structures were threatened, though several appeared to be not far from the area, according to the aerial footage. The heat is – it’s pretty warm out there right now,” Licon told KTLA. Two water-dropping helicopters are also being utilized in the firefight. It was burning through heavy brush on a hillside, aerial video from Sky5 showed. The location is not far from Rocky Oaks Park. (Credit: KTLA)
Firefighters appeared to gain a handle on the blaze early on, with columns of white smoke wafting high above the hillside. Crews were gaining the upper hand on a small brush fire that burned in the Malibu area on May 19, 2017. Licon added that dispatchers received several calls from drivers reporting a fire along the highway. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

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-118.779757 By 1:05 p.m., the Fire Department estimated that it had charred about 2 acres. At least one vehicle appeared to have been destroyed in the fire, Sky5 video showed. Crews were battling the flames by ground and air as they spread up the mountainous terrain. No evacuations have been ordered, Licon said. It was not immediately known what sparked the blaze. Crews created a small break at the top of the ridge in effort to stop the blaze’s forward progress, according to Licon.