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Firefighters Battle Brush Fire That Sparked in Remote Area of Malibu

Flames are out but firefighters may spend the entire day making sure there are no hot spots to rekindle the flames, which were in a difficult place, fire officials said.

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At least 150 firefighters extinguished a 5-acre brush fire in a remote area of Malibu this morning and were expected to remain on site most of the day to guard against lingering hot spots.

The fire -- located off Tuna Canyon Road -- was only 5% surrounded by a line of cleared vegetation, but it was no longer spreading and the flames were out, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Imy McBride said.

Firefighters may spend the entire day making sure there are no hot spots to rekindle the flames, which were in a difficult place, McBride said.

The blaze, first reported at 12:46 a.m., "has presented access challenges," with firefighters having to hike approximately 2,000 feet via a narrow trail and in steep, rugged terrain, to get to the burning area with their hoses, fire officials said earlier.

Three water-dropping helicopters helped fight the fire from above but were no longer in use, McBride said.

The department said the location of the blaze was about one mile up Tuna Canyon Road from the Pacific Coast Highway, on the east side of the road.

No structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported, fire officials said. Meanwhile, the California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert, shutting down Tuna Canyon Road from Las Flores Heights Road to Pacific Coast Highway.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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