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New Malibu brush fire that threatened homes is contained

Firefighters work to put out a brush fire in Malibu in the hills above Pt. Dume. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Firefighters work to put out a brush fire in Malibu in the hills above Pt. Dume. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

A brush fire broke out Thursday morning in Malibu, but firefighters were able to contain it before it struck homes.

The brush fire broke out in the 5300 block of Horizon Drive in the hills on the northern end of the city. 

The fire was burning amid a cluster of homes in a canyon. The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent firefighters and a chopper to the scene. Some residents also used garden hoses to fight the fire.

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