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Pepperdine Student from Washington Talks About Malibu Fire

MALIBU, Calif. -- A wildfire in Malibu, California whipped by wild Santa Ana winds is still burning and growing out of control. And it is burning dangerously near Pepperdine University.

We talked to one Pepperdine student whose from Washington. She says the flames were very scary. Kelly Noland is a junior at Pepperdine University. She said she had just returned from a trip to Santa Barbara when she saw something she had never seen before.

She says, "When we were driving back to Malibu, you could see the smoke in the air. It was one of the most frightening things I've ever seen. Just because of the amount of smoke and the color of it. It was so dense, to know that some sort of natural disaster like that could happen is really scary. It is really scary that something could happen even at the school even with all the precautions they are taking."

So far, the fire has burned over 1,2000 acres but has not reached any Pepperdine buildings. But Kelly says, all roads to the school are closed right now and classes are cancelled tomorrow.

Students and faculty staying at Pepperdine were asked to evacuate their rooms earlier Sunday but have since been able to return. So far, the wildfire has destroyed several homes and other structures, including Malibu Presbyterian Church. One person has been killed in the fire.

Strong winds are predicted in the next few days and firefighters say that will make it difficult to put the blaze out.

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