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New Fire Ignites North of Malibu, PCH is Closed

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UPDATE, 1:02 P.M.: The fire has grown, but is 50% contained. Updated information can be found here.

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At 7:53 a.m., Ventura County Fire dispatchers received calls of a wildfire in Point Mugu State Park's La Jolla Canyon north of Malibu. As of 8:55 a.m., it burned 10 acres of brush on the westside of the canyon, according to Capt. John Alford of the Ventura County Fire Department. Dominate northeast winds are blowing the fire towards the top of a sheer cliff where the Pacific Coast Highway lays below and the ocean 50 ft away. None of the fire has been contained, but according to TV news reports, no structures are within miles. The PCH is closed between Thornhill/Broome Beach and Las Posas Rd.