By CBSLA Staff

MALIBU (CBSLA) – A small brush fire erupted in the Malibu area of Tuna Canyon early Friday morning.

July 9, 2021. (CBSLA)

The 5-acre Tuna Fire was first reported at 12:45 a.m. in remote terrain just off La Tuna Canyon Road, about a mile north of the Pacific Coast Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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Firefighters were battling the blaze on the ground and in the air with water-dropping helicopters. The fire was burning in steep, rugged terrain and crews were struggling to reach the area. Firefighters had to use a narrow trail to string in 2,000 feet of hose to reach the fire area, LACFD reports.

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There was no word of any threat to structures or evacuations. Tuna Canyon Road was closed between the PCH north to Las Flores Heights Road.

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The Southland is in the midst of a heat wave that could bring triple-digit temperatures Friday and has brought and increased risk of wildfire.