Malibu Fire News – Here are pictures and video of today’s 1,200-acre Malibu fire whipped by 60 mph winds that burned homes and businesses to the ground and forced thousands to flee the raging flames and heavy smoke.

Here’s a photo of the Malibu fire with flames leaping 30 feet in the air:Malibu fire photo

KTLA is reporting that Pepperdine University (see map below) has been evacuated as the two Malibu fires race downhill toward the Pacific Ocean.

Malibu fire map

Santa Ana winds clocked at 60 miles per hour spread the fire in two directions from its ignition point, which firefighters said was caused by downed power lines on Malibu Canyon Road about a half mile south of the tunnel.

Malibu wildfire smoke cloud hampers firefighters:
Malibu Fire smoke cloud

More than 100 fire engines are on the scene with helicopter and aerial tanker support, but the twin blazes are still out of control at 10:30 AM PST.

Malibu fire destroys Hodge castle
Area landmark Hodge Castle burns to the ground.

Mlibu fire burns part of Hughes Labs
Hughes Labs building burns and collapses.

Just to the south of Pepperdine university, the Malibu Presbyterian Church caught fire at 8:40 a.m. and burned to the ground. Several houses on the south side of Malibu Canyon Road, overlooking the Malibu Civic Center, were also burning at 9:15 a.m.

Malibu fire video clip

Video keeps failing to load, probably due to excess server demand. Here’s the link to their live news feed: http://media.myfoxla.com/live/

Power in much of Malibu was out, and Pacific Coast Highway is closed between Kanan-Dume Road and Topanga Canyon Road.

Malibu downtown - Smoke obscures everything

Authorities may call for an evacuation of beachfront homes along the Pacific Coast Highway because the Santa Ana winds are causing the fire to leap across firebreaks and jump from rooftop to rooftop via windblown burning debris.

Malibu Fire Update:
The wildfire has leapt across the Pacific Coast Highway and exclusive beachfront homes are ablaze. There are now four separate fire locations and firefighters are desperately trying to save these multi-million dollar homes, but firefighting resources are stretched to the limit.

Here are pictures of the oceanfront homes burning:
Malibu Fire beach homes burning

Here’s an aerial closeup of the beachfront homes:
Malibue beach home burns

Celebrities already evacuated due to imminent fire danger include Titanic director James Cameron and singer Olivia Newton-John. 

Others who live in that same area but have not been evacuated include Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston, Sting, Bill Murray, Tatum O’Neal, Rob Reiner, Linda Ronstadt, David Arquette and Courteney Cox, David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

Here’s the latest map of Malibu wildfires burning:
Malibu fire latest map
The Malibu “Canyon fire” alone has burned over 1,200 acres!

Latest Update at 12:30 PM PST:

Malibu Colony, home to dozens of celebrities is now under a mandatory evacuation order. 

Malibu fire smoke cloud

Malibu Fires

This car caught in the Malibu fire burst into flames when the wildfire swept over it.
Car burns after being caught in Malibu fire

And that’s the latest news update on the Malibu fire.