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Wind-Driven Fires Race Across Southern California

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MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire driven by powerful Santa Ana winds has forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes in Southern California's Malibu Hills.

It's already destroyed a church and several homes and is threatening Pepperdine University.

Among the buildings lost is a landmark castle with turrets and arched windows.

A Los Angeles County Fire Inspector says about 500 firefighters are working to protect Pepperdine and about 200 homes from the fire that's already charred at least 1,000 acres, or more than a square mile.

The fire has closed part of the Pacific Coast Highway.

Fire crews found downed power lines, which may have started the blaze in Malibu Canyon.