Brush Fires Burn About 5 Acres in Malibu Off Kanan Dume Road

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Firefighters fully contained two sections of two brush fires that burned nearly 5 acres along a canyon road off Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Friday.

Smoke was rising from a property in Malibu amid a brush fire on April 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Smoke was rising from a property in Malibu amid a brush fire on April 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

The two-branch blaze, dubbed the Dume Fire, was fully contained by about 6 p.m., when firefighters were mopping up hot spots, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department Twitter account.

The fire burned uphill in medium brush at PCH and Kanan Dume Road, a fire spokesman tweeted about 3:45 p.m.

About 228 firefighters responded, along with an airship and helicopters, county fire Inspector Randall Wright told KTLA. Heavy, dry brush posed a challenge to firefighters, he said.

A water-dropping helicopter battles a fire in Malibu on April 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A water-dropping helicopter battles a fire in Malibu on April 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Firehawk helicopters worked to protect structures, the Fire Department's Air Operations Section tweeted.

No evacuations were ordered.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed one fire burning about 2 miles north of PCH along Kanan Dume Road, and a second fire in a valley west of that location.

One branch of the fire burned nearly 3 acres, while the other was about 1 1/2 acres, the Fire Department stated on Twitter.

Smoke rose from a property with a large home, a pool and vineyard, video from Sky 5 showed.

A fire was burning in Malibu on April 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A fire was burning in Malibu on April 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A SigAlert was issued for Kanan Dume Road at about 4:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said.

The roadway was fully reopened after an hourslong closure of the southbound side at Mulholland Highway and northbound lanes at PCH, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Residents with identification were being allowed in by 6:15 p.m. All lanes were reopened by 8:16 p.m.

A witness reported seeing a vehicle crash on Kanan Dume Road causing the fire. Photos posted to social media showed flames rising from what appeared to be a blue Toyota Prius.

A witness said this car was engulfed in flames, prompting a brush fire in Malibu on April 17, 2015. (Credit: Amy Pearson)

A witness said this car was engulfed in flames, prompting a brush fire in Malibu on April 17, 2015. (Credit: Amy Pearson)

The Sheriff's Department's Lost Hills Station tweeted that one fire was caused by a "traffic accident" while a second was from "lines down."

Fire Capt. Brian Jordan said the vehicle fire mostly likely started the first blaze; the cause of the second one was under investigation, he said.

"The fire was knocked down quickly. The winds weren't that bad," Jordan said.

Multiple brush fires have broken out in Southern California this week amid forecasters' warnings about critical fire weather.

A red-flag warning that was issued for much of the region expired Thursday.

 KTLA's John A. Moreno contributed to this report.