Man in custody after early morning brush fire prompts hourslong closure of PCH in Malibu

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A man was taken into custody after a brush fire prompted an hourslong closure on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Friday morning. 

The fire was reported about 5 a.m., burning just off the highway near Tuna Canyon Road.

Los Angeles County firefighters were at the scene battling the fire with the assistance of at least one air unit.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed some homes in the area but the fire appeared to be burning uphill, away from the structures.

The blaze was doused after burning less than 2 acres, according to the Fire Department.

One person, described only as an adult male, was taken into custody in connection with the fire. No details about the man’s connection were given.

PCH had to be closed for several hours at Tuna Canyon Road while firefighters battled the blaze.

Traffic quickly backed up on the northbound side of the highway coming out of Santa Monica.

All lanes of the highway were reopened by 8:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

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