MALIBU—A fire burned up to seven acres of brush on Friday, May 19, that prompted closure of Mulholland Highway and Kanan Road in Malibu.
Firefighters responded to the 31300 block of Mulholland Highway at about 12:45 p.m. and fought the flames with ground crews and three water-dropping helicopters, Inspector Joey Maron of the Los Angeles County Fire Department told Fox 11.
Additional crews were sent to the area after the fire went to a second alarm. About 200 firefighters in total were involved in extinguishing the flames. The LA County Fire PIO tweeted on May 19: “Forward progress has stopped, united will be working through the night. For any info regarding road closures contact #LASD.”
According to Assistant Chief Anthony Williams of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Officers believe the fire was contained in the brush. No evacuations were reported.
A firefighter suffered a minor leg injury when hit by a rock, according to the report from the scene.
Kanan Road was re-opened to motorists later in the afternoon, but Mulholland remained closed east of Kanan, according to Malibu Emergency Services. The Los Angeles County Fire Department were battling the Mulholland blaze while also battling another brush fire in Sand Canyon known as #ShadowFire.
“Brush Fire Sand Canyon is now #ShadowFire IC reports 1/2 acres with 2 separate spots. One spot is KD working on the 2nd spot,” the LA County Fire PIO tweeted on May 19.
Written By Darylese Shook and Casey Jacobs