Saturday, November 24, 2007

CA-LAC-Corral - Vegetation Fire - Structure losses - 2200+ acres 0%

Immediate Structure threat - Evacuations
The evacuation zone included neighborhoods in Corral and Trancas canyons and Malibu Bowl. An evacuation center has been opened at Agoura High School.

Malibu Fire 2
Photo from KCRA video

Location: Corral Canyon Road X Las Virgenes Canyon North of the PCH - south of Malibu Lake on Malibu State park land.
GPS: Latitude and Longitude Lat: 34° 4´ 43" Long: 118° 45´ 19"
Sizeup: 03:30 Wildland Fire-100-acres with rapid rate of spread. Wind driven, Immediate structure threat, Evacutations ordered
Comms: 154.295 White 3
Resources: 1400hrs - 1,700 firefighters battled flames on the ground.
CALFIRE Team 9 en route along with numerous pre-staged CALFIRE strike teams. Tanker 910 ordered, 200 firefighters were on scene, 10 strike teams ordered immediate need, 5 OES Strike Teams enroute code 3 from San Bernardino Orange Show. Strike team 9226C moving from Orange Show Event center to Camarillo staging along with other teams
Fuels/Weather: Heavy brush, high winds 30 - 40 mph
Malibu Hills RAWS: 10:00 hrs Temperature - 70.0° F Relative Humidity - 5% Dew point - 4.0° F
Winds - 10 mph from NW gusting to 43 mph
Incident Number: CA-LAC-07258567
Cause: Point of origin off dirt road, Possibly set by persons attending house party.
Injuries: One firefighter suffered an unspecified moderate injury, and five others suffered minor injuries.
1200 - 1 minor firefighter injury, 35 structures lost, all but 1 were homes 5 of 200 lost in Latigo Canyon, 15 of 100 lost in Sea Breeze, 15 of 100 lost in Corral Canyon - Newell Tract- Malibu Bowl area- perhaps 1 or 2 in Via Escondito near Pacific Coast Highway
1,700 firefighters from 41 engines and 68 strike teams
23 aircraft (including 15 helicopters, 3 fixed wing -- Quebec 1 & 2 Scoopers -- and the DC-10)
1030 - 2300 acres 5% - 750 Firefighters on line, 45 fire engines, 10 water-dropping helicopters and two Air attack planes and DC-10 - fire burning thru Latigo canyons area, driven by fierce 50-mph winds, engulfing homes along Newell Road in the Malibu Bowl area and Sycamore Road, and was burning west along Pacific Coast Highway toward Kanan Dume Road
1000 - Fire impacting PCH and beach
0930 - Head of Fire has burned to bottom (Reflected in reduced header on web cams)
0900 - Fire now reported to be over 1500 acres. 35 homes lost in Malibu Bowl and Newell Canyon areas, Immediate Structure threat continues, Tanker 910 over the fire, 500
firefighters on the line and 35 structures gone with potential for further major losses per LACFD. 5 OES Strike Teams enroute code 3 from San Bernardino Orange Show Event Center
0800 - At least a dozen homes burning, 300 Firefighters on scene
Wind driven fire is causing problematic spotting, Growth Potential - Extreme
Difficulty of Terrain - High
0700 - Multiple Structure losses being reported 0 percent containment as of 7 a.m. PST.
IC now has this at 400+ acres. Fire has jumped Latigo Canyon. Fire is burning toward the ocean.
This is about two canyons west of the Malibu fire perimeter.

Major problems and concerns: Difficult road access for firefighting apparatus, difficult egress for residents during evacuation due to incoming fire apparatus, same area as previous firefighter and civilian burnover in 1996, water distribution system easily overtaxed during firefighting operations.
Evacuations: 500 homes in three communities were evacuated in three separate communities
Fire is about 1 mile from homes in the Malibu bowl area.
Wx Forecast: Seasonal winds could gust as high as 75 mph up until Saturday night. Humidity levels are also very low.
Red flag warnings have been issued for Los Angeles county.

Satellite Picture of Malibu Fire
NOAA/Cal Fire News
Satellite video: NOAA
live coverage: KABC TV, KNBC, KCRA

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