Saturday, November 24, 2007

Malibu Fire updates - 4,500 acres with 25 percent containment.

- An estimated 35 homes were destroyed and 10,000 to 14,000 people were evacuated, said Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman.

Fifteen helicopters and 15 airplanes including a retardant-dropping DC-10 jumbo jet attacked from the air while 1,700 firefighters battled flames on the ground. One firefighter suffered an unspecified moderate injury, and five others suffered minor injuries.

Google map of affected fire area released by Los Angeles County


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Malibu Fire - Corral Fire map
Credit: Map from the LAC fire dept website

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