Santa Ana Winds Return – Fire Breaks Out In Malibu Forces Evacuations

Residents were ordered to evacuate their homes early Saturday ahead of a wildfire that scorched about 400 acres in the hills above Malibu as the dry Santa Ana wind returned to Southern California.

The blaze began shortly before 3:30 a.m. PST near Malibu Lake on state park land, said Los Angeles County fire Capt. Mike Brown.

About 100 homes in three communities were evacuated, Brown said. Flames had reached some of the homes but there were no immediate reports of damage.

TV images are showing a line of flames running along the canyon.

Hundreds of firefighters were placed on watch this weekend as Santa Ana wind returned to Southern California. Gusts up to 60 mph were reported in some mountain passes overnight.

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