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Malibu On Fire… AGAIN

Earlier this year I posted about Malibu catching fire (in January, with pictures). Today Malibu caught fire again and it was a lot more hectic and scary than last time. Didn’t even have time to snap pictures before escaping. As of tonight 2,200 acres have burned including several structures (and the facades of my market and pharamcey, Ralphs and CVS).

Like I said, no pictures this time, but a much more exciting story. Sometime between 6 and 6:30 am this morning I woke up because I heard a loud knock on my bedroom door. I asked whoever it was to come in, heard no response, asked them who it was, heard no response, so I called one of my roommates (we’ll call this Roommie1). I asked Roommie 1 if she knocked on my door and when she said no, we started thinking intruder! We heard another bedroom door open and decided we needed to get out of our bedrooms and see what was going on. We walk out, still sort of asleep, to see Roommie2 slightly panicked saying something about how her parents called from florida reporting a fire in Malibu next to Pepperdine. We had NO power and cell phone reception was shoddy. Roommie1 and I started calling family to figure out whats going on. Local news is not reporting a fire.  I decided to run outside (barefoot) to see what was going on and saw smoke East of us. We start packing up our important items (medication, laptops, thats all) in the dark. While packing we hear from family that Malibu canyon is on fire and that news agencies are reporting that Pepperdine has been evacuated, though it hasn’t. We decide that we need to get rolling and get away from the fire. As we start leaving campus we notice the evacuation crews setting up, fire trucks everywhere, and smoke billowing east of campus. Unfortunately for us, the quickest route away from the fire is East/Southeast on PCH, the same direction as the fire. The 3 of us had thrown our stuff into our cars and were caravaning out towards the smoke. At one point just past the Cross Creek area, the smoke on PCH was so dense that we had 0 visibility from our cars, and even though it was still before sunrise, this cloud of smoke was illuminated bright orange. Yeah, we drove through the bright orange cloud of fire while fleeing. We were later informed that literally minutes after we left the roads were closed and residents were not allowed to drive away, just evacuated to the designated evacuation areas. We were lucky to leave when we did.
After that stretch of road the smoke cleared up and we just had to live with burning eyes until we hit PCH and Sunset Blvd and made our ways to friends’ places (where we watched nearby hills and buildings burn).

Sorry that I couldn’t snap some awesome pictures, I was too busy fleeing while I was still allowed to. I hope everyone else made it through this ok.

Here are a few shots I found online of things I recognize on fire:

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