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Crews making headway against S. California fire

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MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters made progress Wednesday against a wildfire burning in chaparral in the hills above Malibu. Several schools were closed as a precaution, and the fire crews there and in Orange County worried about the wind picking up again.

The fire above Malibu covered only 25 acres, but it moved between two canyons a few miles from the Pepperdine University campus.

The canyons are historical fire corridors, carrying wind-driven wildfires that swept from the Calabasas area to Malibu in 1993 and 1996, destroying hundreds of homes.

"The whole Malibu area has had a history of fire," Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sam Padilla said.

Crews doused the main body of fire in a few hours and concentrated on smaller hot spots.