Crews battle small brush fire in Malibu; evacuations lifted

Los Angeles County firefighters fought a brush fire amid windy conditions in Malibu Monday, stopping the spread of the blaze at just under 3 acres, authorities said.

The fire was reported at 3:14 a.m. at Civic Center and Webb Ways and threatened structures, Dispatch Supervisor Imy McBride said.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the Harbor Vista, Malibu Colony and Malibu Crest areas, according to a deputy at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station.

At about 5 a.m., officials announced the blaze was contained but that mandatory evacuations would remain while the fire was being extinguished. The evacuation order was lifted about 5:30 a.m. and fire officials said the flames were at least 90 percent contained.

The mandatory evacuations affected ten homes in the Malibu Knolls neighborhood, sheriff's Sgt. B. Johnson said.

No injuries were reported, he said.

Helicopters made water drops in the area, fire officials said. Three helicopters were originally deployed, but that number was reduced to one once the flames were contained, Dispatch Supervisor Jeremy Stafford said.

It took the fire crew a little more than two hours to knock down the flames.

Evacuees were allowed to return home.

No structures burned-- we still don't know what sparked the fire

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