Mal­ibu res­i­dents or­dered out as Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire nears

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MAL­IBU, Calif. — About two-thirds of the city of

Mal­ibu was or­dered evac­u­ated early Fri­day as a fe­ro­cious South­ern Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire roared to­ward the beach­side com­mu­nity that is home for many Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties.

The Los An­ge­les County Fire Depart­ment tweeted that the fire rag­ing through the Santa Mon­ica Moun­tains was headed to the ocean. Mal­ibu has about 13,000 res­i­dents and lies along 21 miles (34 kilo­me­tres) of coast at the south­ern foot of the moun­tain range.

The fire erupted Thurs­day near the north­west cor­ner of Los An­ge­les as the re­gion’s no­to­ri­ous Santa Ana winds gusted, trig­ger­ing overnight evac­u­a­tions of an es­ti­mated 75,000 homes in west­ern Los An­ge­les County and eastern Ven­tura County. The fire then pushed south­ward.

An­other fire was burn­ing far­ther west in Ven­tura County, also mov­ing to­ward the ocean.

RINGO H.W. CHIU/AP

A he­li­copter drops wa­ter while a wild­fire burns a home near Mal­ibu Lake in Mal­ibu, Calif., yes­ter­day. About two-thirds of Mal­ibu was or­dered evac­u­ated.

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