MALIBU, Calif. — A brush fire burned in a Malibu canyon Friday afternoon.
The fire broke out near Pacific Coast Highway, off Sweetwater Canyon Road, around 11:30 a.m.
Officials said the blaze was burning uphill and had reached about five acres in size by noon. By 1:15 p.m., the fire had burned an estimated 40 acres with about 20% containment.
**UPDATE** 2ND ALARM #SweetwaterFire | FS088 | Pacific Coast Hwy x Sweetwater Canyon Rd. #Malibu | #SweetwaterIC now reporting 40 acres with 20% containment and forward progress stopped. Releasing aircraft (Fixed-Wing Air Tankers).#LACoFD
— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) August 30, 2019
Multiple engines and aircraft fought the flames until crews were able to bring the fire under control, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department. Helicopters made repeated water drops, filling back up at the nearby Pepperdine University.
No homes were threatened by the flames. It wasn’t immediately clear what sparked the fire.