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Southern California firefighters work 2 small brush fires amid hot, windy weather

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MALIBU, California — Los Angeles County firefighters are gaining the upper hand on a small brush fire that erupted in Malibu in the middle of a heat wave.

The fire began Friday morning in brushy hills above Pacific Coast Highway.

Fire Inspector Chris Reade says the 2 ½-acre fire is 75 percent contained and should be out by nightfall.

PHOTO: In this March 12, 2015 photo, Ventura City Fire and Ventura County Fire Departments team up with Cal Fire to extinguish a brush fire in Ventura, Calif. To the northwest, firefighters in Ventura County have been building containment lines around an approximately 22-acre blaze in vegetation in a riverbed. (AP Photo/The Ventura County Star, Karen Quincy Loberg) LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT
In this March 12, 2015 photo, Ventura City Fire and Ventura County Fire Departments team up with Cal Fire to extinguish a brush fire in Ventura, Calif. To the northwest, firefighters in Ventura County have been building containment lines around an approximately 22-acre blaze in vegetation in a riverbed. (AP Photo/The Ventura County Star, Karen Quincy Loberg) LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT

Winds are light and the blaze is creeping slowly down the side of a ridgeline through 6-foot-high chaparral.

No injuries, evacuations or threats to buildings are reported.

Water-dropping helicopters and camp crews with shovels and chainsaws are fighting the flames.

To the northwest, Ventura County firefighters are trying to surround an approximately 22-acre blaze in a riverbed. No injuries or structural damage has been reported since that fire broke out Thursday afternoon.

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