MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Fire crews in Southern California are
hoping for further containment today on another devastating
wildfire fanned by strong Santa Ana winds.
The blaze broke out early yesterday in the canyons and mountains
above Malibu and destroyed at least 49 homes and damaged more than
two dozen others. About half the more than 10,000 people evacuated
yesterday have been allowed to go home. The winds died down
considerably by last night, and firefighters are hoping to have the
4,600-acre fire about 50-percent contained today.
At least a-half dozen firefighters have suffered minor injuries
fighting the Malibu fire.
Hundreds of firefighters and equipment from throughout the state
have been in position in Southern California for days anticipating
that the winds would kick up again.
Residents know that the Santa Ana gusts can lead to fire,
although Malibu's mayor says when it happens, "it always comes as
something of a shock.
One of the huge fires that hit Southern California last month
destroyed six Malibu homes, along with two businesses and a church.
Investigators have determined that the latest fire was caused by
humans, but they don't know if it was intentional.