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Homes Evacuated as Brush Fire Burns in Malibu Canyon

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MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 10-acre brush fire on canyon hillsides has prompted evacuations at several homes in Malibu.

Los Angeles County Fire officials say the blaze was reported shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday off Mulholland Highway near Decker Canyon, not far from the Ventura County line.

County Fire Inspector Chris Reade tells KNX Radio that crews are protecting homes and sheriff’s officials are helping some residents evacuate.

Light winds are assisting helicopter crews making water drops over the fire burning in steep, inaccessible terrain north of Pacific Coast Highway. Several roads are shut down.

Evacuation plans are also in place for about 300 kids at Camp JCA Shalom and Camp Bloomfield – a camp for visually impaired kids -, but no evacuations have been ordered.

Reade says officials previously said about 20 acres had burned, but the number was revised down.