Wildfires In Malibu, Hodge Castle Consumed

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Wildfires in Malibu, California have forced the evacuation of several celebrity homes, as well as the campus of Pepperdine University. The fire has also consumed historic Hodge Castle also known as Malibu Castle.

High winds and low humidity in the area have only helped to strengthen the fire.

Additionally, firefighters are currently having a difficult time getting in to Mailbu, as the only road that leads in to the area is the Pacific Coast Highway, which often sees heavy traffic.

Currently, 200 firefighters are working on fighting the blaze. The size of the fire is currently 50 acres, and 200 acres have been burned so far. - Source: Wikinews.org

A brush fire is burning in the City of Malibu. Information will be posted here as it becomes available; however, continue to monitor local television and radio new stations for information.

Malibu City Hall is intact but was in the path of the fire. Staff has not opened an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at that location. City staff, including the City Manager and Emergency Operations Coordinator are on scene at the Fire EOC at Pepperdine University and are in communication with Fire and Sheriff officials.

Mandatory evacuations: Serra Retreat, Puerco Canyon, Malibu Road, and the Malibu Knolls area.

Voluntary evacuations: Carbon Canyon, Carbon Mesa, Corral Canyon. Rambla Pacifico

If you are not in an area affected by evacuations, you should monitor news stations and be prepared to evacuate. An evacuation area has been set up at Zuma Beach.

If you are ordered to evacuate, please cooperate with law enforcement and fire officials.

Road closures: Malibu Canyon Road, PCH at Topanga, PCH at Kanan. If you do not need to be in this area, please stay away so Fire and Sheriff vehicles can move freely. Residents are encouraged to keep roads clear. Road closure information is subject to change as conditions change. Please cooperate with the directions of law enforcement personnel.

Several structures have been destroyed and/or damaged but the full extent of losses has not yet been assessed.

For additional information, return to this website; information will be posted as it becomes available. You can also call the City hotline at 310-456-9982.

It is not yet known to what degree City Hall will be open on Monday, if at all. To contact the City of Malibu in the meantime, you may email gsumpter@ci.malibu.ca.us Email will be monitored as long as power stays up. - Source: City of Malibu

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