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Crews battle brush fire in Malibu, prompts evacuations

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MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a brush fire in Malibu (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department says a 10-acre brush fire in the Santa Monica Mountains above theMalibu coast is 75 percent contained.

The fire erupted early Thursday in rugged terrain along Mulholland Highway near Decker Canyon.

A female firefighter from an inmate camp crew was seriously injured while working on the blaze.

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8:15 a.m.

A Los Angeles County Fire official says a firefighter has been injured while battling a blaze that has charred 7 acres of brush along canyon hillsides in Malibu.

Inspector Randall Wright says a female member of an inmate camp crew was transported to a hospital by helicopter with major injuries Thursday.

The blaze that broke out shortly before 3 a.m. off Mulholland Highway near Decker Canyon is 35 percent contained.

Wright says no evacuations have been ordered but plans are in place to get residents out if the flames flare up again.

Light winds are assisting helicopter crews making water drops over the fire in steep, inaccessible terrain north of Pacific Coast Highway. Several roads are shut down.

The cause is under investigation.

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7:00 a.m.

Los Angeles County Fire officials say a blaze that has charred 7 acres of brush along canyon hillsides in Malibuis 35 percent contained.

Inspector Randall Wright says crews are keeping watch for hot spots as they surround the smoldering fire that broke out shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday off Mulholland Highway near Decker Canyon, not far from the Ventura County line.

Wright says no evacuations have been ordered but plans are in place to get residents out if the flames flare up again.

Light winds are assisting helicopter crews making water drops over the fire in steep, inaccessible terrain north of Pacific Coast Highway. Several roads are shut down.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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5:45 a.m.

Authorities say a 10-acre brush fire on canyon hillsides has prompted evacuations at several homes in Malibu.

Los Angeles County Fire officials say the blaze was reported shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday off Mulholland Highway near Decker Canyon, not far from the Ventura County line.

County Fire Inspector Chris Reade tells KNX Radio that crews are protecting homes and sheriff's officials are helping some residents evacuate.

Light winds are assisting helicopter crews making water drops over the fire burning in steep, inaccessible terrain north of Pacific Coast Highway. Several roads are shut down.

KNX reports evacuation plans are in place for kids at Camp JCA Shalom and Camp Bloomfield, but no evacuations have been ordered.

Reade says officials previously said about 20 acres had burned, but the number was revised down.

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