Two-alarm brush fire closes Malibu-area highway, now contained

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, a brush fire that scorched about 10 acres along the Malibu ridgeline is now 100% contained. Tragically, the incident left a twenty-two year old female inmate, who was deployed as a firefighter, critically injured and airlifted from the scene. She later died from the blow to the head from a falling rock sustained at the fire fight.

 

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Muholland Fire in RedZone’s RZAlert Dashboard

“The last official report we had was that it was 95 percent contained by 8:30 p.m. (Feb 25th) but it’s fully contained now. We just have a few pieces of equipment out at the scene and a small number of firefighters doing mop-up,” said county fire Dispatch Supervisor Miguel Ornelas.

The blaze started in the area of Mulholland Highway and Bardman Street about 3 a.m. on Feb 25th. About 200 firefighters were deployed to the scene, said county fire Dispatch Supervisor Rey Dong.

By about 6:30 a.m. on Feb 25th, the fire was approximately 35 percent contained, and firefighters had stopped the flames from spreading further, said county fire Inspector Randall Wright. By 11 a.m. the fire was 75% contained.

A voluntary evacuation order was in effect for residents in the area. About 80 people, including children and staff members, were at Camp Shalom, where buses were dispatched in case the campers needed to move. Nearby Camp Bloomfield was not affected, according to the sheriff’s department.

Source: Santa Monica Patch

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