Strong winds fan fast-moving brush fire in Malibu, California
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Dateline: Malibu - 8 Jan 2007
Date: 01/09/2007 03:04 AM
1. Aerial pan of fire scene
2. Various aerials showing fire crews tackling blazing buildings
3. Aerial Wide of area
4. Fire trucks hosing down blazing buildings
5. Helicopter dumping water over blaze site
6. Various fire crew hosing down blazing buildings
7. Various aerial close-ups of blazing buildings
A wildfire destroyed eight seaside mansions and damaged five others as it swept through a popular celebrity haunt in Malibu on Monday.
Fanned by the Santa Ana winds the blaze spread over two acres (almost a hectare) near the West Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road.
The Los Angeles county fire inspector said about 3-hundred firefighters were battling the fire, which started at about 1700 local time (0100GMT).
He said some residents had been told to leave their homes for their own safety.
Two firefighting helicopters were at the scene, a spokesman said, with two more summoned.
Firefighting help was also requested from the city of Los Angeles and neighbouring Ventura County
TV news helicopters shot scenes of flames blowing down seaside slopes toward shoreline homes.
High winds appeared to be blowing the fire toward the ocean.
Malibu has frequently been the scene of devastating fires, with its steep, brushy canyons funnelling winds into luxurious neighbourhoods where the Pacific views attract movie stars and millionaires.
In 1993, hundreds of homes were lost and three people were killed. A 1996 fire injured 11 people and destroyed six homes.
The fire was less than a mile (1.6 kilometres) from Pepperdine University, but a spokesman said there was no immediate threat to the building.
Fire warnings had been posted for much of Southern California because of strong north and northeast winds and low humidity.