Amid High Wind Conditions, Brush Fire Breaks Out on Civic Center Way

The brush fire broke out around 3 a.m. Monday morning, Jan. 29.

[Update: 8:53 a.m.]: An alert from the City of Malibu stated that Civic Center Way, from Webb Way to Cross Creek Road, has reopened to traffic.

Personnel and equipment from the LA County Fire Department were to remain on scene in the parking lot.

A second alarm brush fire broke out early Monday morning in the 23500 block of Civic Center Way. Per the latest information from Los Angeles County Fire Department, 2.6 acres had been burned as of 6:10 a.m. According to a spokesperson from the department, the fire was reported at 3:11 a.m. and was initially thought to be a six-acre fire.

The brush fire threatened structures in the area, leading to mandatory evacuations in Malibu Crest Drive, Harbor Vista Drive, Colony View Circle, Malibu Knolls Road and Coast View Drive.

A helicopter was sent to the scene to make water drops. Firefighters on scene had the fire 95 percent contained just before 5 a.m., with no structures damaged. They then focused on clearing up hot spots.

As of 6:52 a.m., the evacuations were lifted.

A spokesperson for the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station said the area on Civic Center Way, between Webb Way and Cross Creek Road, will remain closed for “a few hours” for firetruck staging. 

No word yet as to the exact cause of the brush fire. The National Weather Service had issued a wind and fire danger advisory warning for the weekend, citing 33-55 miles per hour gusts.