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Malibu Fire Under Control

We’re all back on campus, the roads are open again, and the fire is over 75% contained.  Looks like this fire was more damaging (structurally) than the one last month, but the on last month was a lot more traumatic for the students on Pepperdine’s campus.

Hope everyone is ok after this one. 

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Malibu Fire Breaks Out Again

After high winds a fire broke out again in Malibu, around 3:30am.  Firefighters were ready and waiting.  Pepperdine has been evacuated again.

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Fire near Malibu Canyon

A fire near Malibu Canyon can be seen from Calabasas right now. Mulholland Hwy is closed from April Rd. to Las Virgenes…

update 8:25: it is at least partially contained

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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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Malibu Caught Fire…

I was in the middle of dinner today when we got called out to “watch something burning”. Turns out Malibu caught on fire…at first we thought it was just a small brush fire until we saw the flames leaping up higher and higher and realized that structures were burning. This was followed by us receiving many phone calls from friends and family because now the fire was on every SoCal news channel. Sadly 8 homes burned down and another 5 were damaged, but the fire is 100% contained now.  Here are a couple pictures I was able to take. Enjoy.
Malibu Caught Fire - Early ShotMalibu Caught Fire - Later


Looking at my Google Stats…

So I was looking through my google stats to see why users are coming to my blog, what they find interesting, where I can improve, and I found out a few interesting things. Turns out the last two weeks users have either come to my site looking for Malibu Fire Pictures or Information, or some (I’m sure sadly disappointed users) have been coming here looking for a Monica Leigh video, since we share the same first name, but I don’t have anything here about Monica Leigh. Didn’t even know who she was until I googled her a second ago…

Its always interesting to see how/why people end up here.

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When it rains, it pours.

Two days ago I was walking around outside with my roommie and explaining how much I hate the rain.  I live in SoCal and really dislike being rained on.  We laughed about how I will try to refuse to leave our apartment when it is wet out.  This was all fun and games until I woke up the next morning to the sound of water hitting my window.  Thats right, it was pouring outside.  Rain wasn’t even in the forecast, but outside it was pouring.  Just my day I guess.

I muttered about it, got my breakfast ready, and turned on my TV to watch some morning news while I ate.  The first image I see says “El Nino Returns”.  Apparently, it isn’t my year either.  Going to be a rainy one! Last time we had El Nino was in 1997 and I don’t remember it to be pleasurable.  Also this is probably going to cause some trouble here in Malibu because the soil is loosened from the fires (destruction of plant life) so the rain will probably cause some adverse effects.

What IS El Nino?

El Niño is officially defined as sustained sea surface temperature anomalies of magnitude greater than 0.5°C across the central tropical Pacific Ocean. El Niño is associated with a positive anomaly.

You can read more about El Nino and how it has arrived this year Here.

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