Brush Fire Burns 40 Acres in Malibu Near Pacific Coast Highway; Forward Progress Stopped

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Firefighters are mopping up after a small brush fire that burned dozens of acres in Malibu near the Pacific Coast Highway on Friday.

The blaze erupted around 11:25 a.m. along Sweetwater Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Forward progress has been stopped on fire, which has scorched 40 acres and was 60% contained as of 2 p.m., the department tweeted.

Fire crews are expected to remain on scene into the evening.

The flames had burned uphill through steep, rocky terrain, but firefighters were aided by favorable weather conditions in the area, a fire official said.

Several helicopters and two fixed-wing tankers were dispatched to battle the blaze, which was initially spreading uphill at a “moderate rate of spread,” according to a Fire Department tweet.

No homes were threatened as the fire largely burned away from structures; authorities did not issue any evacuation orders.

Sweetwater Mesa was closed amid the firefight, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

One firefighter was brought down for heat cramps, and was expected to be taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.

It was not immediately known what sparked the blaze.

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