UPDATE: Firefighters Knock Down Malibu Brush Fire

Some 200 firefighters and an aggressive air attack hold the flames as strong winds blew through the area.

Firefighters made quick work of a small fire that broke out Friday afternoon off Mulholland Highway west of Decker Canyon as strong Santa Ana winds blew through the area.

The fire was held to about one acre by 200 firefighters, two super scoopers and a helitanker north of Mulholland Highway west of Decker Canyon, not far of the Ventura County line, according to Batallion Chief John O’Brien of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

"It is being held really good with the existing resources we have on scene," O'Brien said, while crews fought the fire. "We have some erratic wind that is in the area."

A red flag warning is in effect for the area through 2 p.m. Saturday.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. 

Rebecca Whitnall (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Editor Jessica Davis is in the field near the fire site. In the mean time, if you have photos of the fire or the smoke over the area, upload them by clicking on the green "Upload photos and videos" box under the photo.
matthias October 26, 2012 at 09:21 PM
going out of the house, smelling smoke and than you are happy to see the two super scoopers and a helitanker only few feet above our house. Glad to pay more taxes to support the service. Thank you firefighter for a quick response
Jessica E. Davis October 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Thank you for the support! I'm back at my computer and new photos have been uploaded.
one local girl October 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Yeah Firefighters...as usual, doing your job with aplomb! Thanks.
Joe Taxpayor October 26, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Happy to support your desire to live in a dangerous fire and flood zone with our tax dollars
Marshall Thompson October 27, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Well, we really appreciate your generous support of our lavish, privileged Malibu lifestyle. Thanks, Joe!
Lee Reams October 27, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Joe Taxpayer --- Not sure what your property taxes are per year... But based on your post, probably not much. I would say malibu residents pay there share and than some. Thanks for sharing some of your prop 13 tax dollars so we can live so dangerously. Appreciate it.
Hans Laetz October 27, 2012 at 02:05 PM
"Dangerous fire and flood zone." You mean like Glendale? Porter Ranch?
Fire Captain October 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Joe I've heard your arguments for years, and as a county fireman for almost 33 years I can say the people of Malibu and other high income areas use the fire service much less than areas like Palmdale. One station in Palmdale gets about 6000 calls per year. It would probably take three years for the entire Malibu area to have that run load. Yes when Malibu has the big one (about every 10 years) it's expensive, but they are not abusing the tax payer, their taxes are helping support a lot engines and squads in depressed areas every day, so give them a break.
tracy beach October 28, 2012 at 07:02 AM
We have incredible fire fighters in Malibu! We're so lucky. And, while the Sheriff's dept often gets bashed, but they are often unsung heroes when trouble hits the fan. We are lucky to live here.


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