Malibu Blaze 'Looks Good'

Dying winds, high mobilization help firefighters corral 40% of fire
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2007 3:40 PM CST
Los Angeles County firefighters are seen through waves of heat burning through the roof of a home destroyed by wildfire lost in the Corral Canyon area of Malibu, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The wildfire that scorched 50 Malibu homes yesterday is now 40% contained and should be corralled by Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. Dying Santa Ana winds and what one official called "unprecedented mobilization" helped firefighters control the blaze. Crews are busy stamping out hot spots today to make sure they don't reignite.

A red-flag warning—given when humidity falls below 8%—will stay in effect tonight, and some areas remain under mandatory evacuation. "We've got a lot of hot and smoldering spots, but not much active flame right now," a fire inspector said. "We've got the same amount of resources so we're really getting a good handle on it."