Firefighters Quickly Douse Half-Acre Fire

A woman swerving to avoid a coyote struck a power pole, downing some powerlines and sparking a half-acre fire in Malibu, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Firefighters quickly doused a half-acre brush fire in Malibu Tuesday that was sparked when a vehicle crashed into a power pole, downing some power lines.

The blaze was reported at 11:49 a.m. Tuesday on Latigo Canyon Road and Ocean View Drive in Malibu, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The flames quickly spread to half an acre, but firefighters were able to get the upper hand.

No structures were threatened, the fire department reported. Two helicopters and up to 10 fire engines responded to the fire.

A woman swerving to avoid a coyote crashed into a power pole just before noon, causing some wires to come down, California Highway Patrol Officer Benny Avila said.

Latigo Canyon Road was closed from Pacific Coast Highway to Kanan Dume Road, and could be shut down until 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

More than 3,000 Southern California Edison customers were without power, according to SCE's website.

David Pepper of Malibu said he saw smoke near Latigo Canyon Road and a helicopter just after noon.

Marshall Thompson July 24, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I can see smoke and helicopter traffic from our Malibu Park residence 12:19 PM
Candace Brown July 24, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Helicopters and fire trucks but little wind. Someone said a car hit a pole and knocked out power. Ours was only out for a minute. Is the same incident? ( My house looks toward Latigo and Ocean View.)
Max July 24, 2012 at 07:59 PM
The charter cable service (phone Internet etc) is out (at least for customers living north of the accident) and has been reported to them
nanci July 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Candace Brown July 24, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Just spoke to the cop. He said that Edison probably won't open the road until 7 PM.
Ria Denver July 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I live on Latigo just past Ocean View. My neighbor who lives on upper Ocean View walked down to the accident/fire site. The fire was NOT near Ocean View, it was on Latigo just past Calicut Road, about a mile south of Ocean View, She saw the fire put out by an air drop. There were still live electrical wires down which is why the road is still closed.
Tina Broccoli July 25, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Another case of reckless driving that inconveniences thousands of people???
Jessie Zaud July 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Did this go out on email or text via the LAFD alert system? I am signed up for this area and didn't get the alert.
Kim Toledo July 25, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Latigo still closed!
Ann Tomkins July 25, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Noticed charter cable service was working again this morning north of the accident.
Don Schmitz July 25, 2012 at 04:40 PM
According to my ranch foreman Latigo was still closed this morning at 9:30. And our internet was still down this morning as well. :(
Jessica E. Davis July 25, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I wrote a follow-up story this morning that the road is still closed and will be until 8 p.m. Here is the link: http://patch.com/A-wym3.
Candace Brown July 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Latigo's SCE poles are way overloaded, old, rotten and extremely fragile. SCE is making a fortune everywhere leasing out space on these poles to other entities like cable companies. I do not always agree with Hans Laetz but he is doing an amazing and lonely job of single handedly fighting SCE and making others aware of this dangerous problem. I encourage everyone to research this and fight back. None of Edison's profits come back to us as consumers. They simply continue to raise our rates.
Candace Brown July 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Oh, and the road is still closed.


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