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No Imminent Danger of Landslides on PCH: Caltrans

By Jason Kandel
|  Saturday, May 4, 2013  |  Updated 8:31 PM PDT
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28,000-Acre Springs Fire Is 30 Percent Contained

A plane used in helping put out the Springs Fire is seen flying over Pacific Coast Highway on Friday, May 3, 2013.

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Naval Base at Point Mugu Feels the Heat

The Springs fire scorched the fringe of a Naval Base Ventura County and damaged some facilities. But it was the smoke that caused the most trouble. Evacuations were lifted, but the area was open only to residents Friday. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Point Mugu for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 3, 2013.

Proud Homeowner Faced Springs Fire

The owner of an unusual round house in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu appeared to face the flames of the Springs Fire from his rooftop Friday. Rick Mecagni said his home was "much more than a house," and was built with wildfire in mind. Kim Baldonado reports from Camarillo for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on May 3, 2013.
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Work crews were expected to install guardrails and fencing on a nearly 4-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway as a precaution against landslides from hillsides denuded by the Springs Fire, Caltrans officials said on Saturday.

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There was no imminent danger of landslides along PCH in the Pt. Mugu area, but officials were taking no chances after a 28,000-acre brush fire burned the hillsides that line the road, said Caltrans spokeswoman Lauren Wonder.

"We're obviously trying to discourage people from going there," she said. "But if they do, we want them to use caution."

PCH between Las Posas Road and Mulholland Drive north of Malibu was temporarily shut down while flames approached the coast. The highway was reopened Friday night with California Highway Patrol officers escorting vehicles through.

Plow trucks on Saturday, meanwhile, scooped up debris along the road. Caltrans officials expect to install guardrails and fencing along the 3.5-mile stretch within the next two weeks, Wonder said.

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