July 9, 2008

Firefighters Quickly Attack Malibu Blaze

MALIBU -- Fire that destroyed a mobile home touched off a blaze that charred at least 20 acres of brush Friday afternoon, county fire officials said.

The fire was reported at 3:27 p.m. in a mobile-home park near the corner of Las Virgenes Street and Las Virgenes Canyon Road.

By 5 p.m. firefighters had the blaze 80percent contained, fire Inspector Frank Garrido said. There were no injuries.

Firefighters were able to knock out flames quickly in the mobile- home park, but they had spread to hillside brush near Malibu Creek State Park.

Park visitors were evacuated as a precaution, but authorities said favorable low winds helped efforts to contain the flames.

"The best way to attack them is to get them when they're small," county fire Capt. Jeff Vrooman said.

Some 220 firefighters and four water-dropping helicopters were dispatched to snuff out the blaze.

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