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Title supplied by cataloger. The Malibu fire of December 27, 1956, apparently started on Backus Summit, inland from Zuma Beach. It destroyed 35 homes, killed one person, and injured thirty-three others - both firemen and civilians. Flames shot high enough to be seen from miles away, and the heat was so intense that rocks exploded, and embers and sparks showered down out of the hills across Pacific Coast Highway. Several of the homes destroyed were those of Hollywood personalities, including television's Ralph Edwards. The Malibu fire was described as the worst Los Angeles County fire since 1938. Aerial view of Malibu mountain range; view is looking north. Photograph shows several homes nestled along the mountain, and a large road - possibly Palm Canyon Lane, running horizontally along the top, with smaller roads veining throughout. The house in the center has been burned to the ground, while another in close proximity, is virtually intact. Thirty-three beachfront homes located on Pacific Coast Highway (not visible) and several other multi-million dollar homes like those seen here, were lost in a fire which ravaged the foothill terrain and canyons days earlier, with numerous others compromised. Photograph dated December 29, 1956.
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