MALIBU (CNS) - Fire crews contended with unseasonably warm weather today as they worked to corral a slow-moving brush fire that scorched about nine acres in Malibu as of mid-afternoon.
Firefighters were sent to the 19400 block of Pacific Coast Highway about 11:40 a.m. By 3 p.m. the fire was 80 percent contained, said Inspector Chris Reade of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
No structures were threatened, and no evacuations were ordered as a result of the fire, which burned in a remote area of thick brush, Reade said.
Temperatures in the area were in low-80s as of mid-afternoon.
Firefighters using hand tools and supported by water-dropping helicopters hiked into the area and created a small fire break, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
PCH, which was closed near Topanga Canyon Boulevard as a precaution, was reopened about 2:30 p.m., the sheriff’s department reported.
Los Angeles city fire units assisted in fighting the blaze and began leaving the scene about 3 p.m., Reade said.