Wildfire Destroys Malibu Homes

Wind-driven blazes forces hundreds of evacuations
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2007 11:40 AM CST
Firefighters are seen near a home as it burns, in Malibu, Calif. on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007. A fast-moving wildfire destroyed about 20 homes and spread through the canyons and hills above Malibu on Saturday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A Mailbu wildfire destroyed at least 35 ritzy homes today and forced hundreds of people to evacuate, the AP reports. The fire scorched more than 2,000 acres after beginning near Malibu Lake about 3:30 am local time. "We're at the mercy of the winds right now," said one fire official.

The only injury reported was a minor one to a firefighter. Approximately 200 firefighters were on the scene along with water-bearing helicopters, but they have been unable to contain the fire, which is aided by dry Santa Ana winds that have reached 60 mph.