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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.

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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