by Chris Lawrence
Families were sound asleep when thick black clouds started blowing into their homes.
"We smelled smoke. It woke us up about 5, quarter-to-5 this morning," Carol Lang, a Malibu resident said.
"And all of a sudden we could see flames," Mickey Lang, another Malibu resident said.
Carol and Mickey Lang grabbed their dog, remembering how they survived a fire here 10 years ago.
"You know, you panic a little bit, but you just walk around a little bit and figure out what really matters to you and take it," Lang said.
In just 8 hours, the fire scorched well over 2,000 acres. It destroyed ten homes. Then twenty. Thirty. And more would continue to burn. Winds gusted up to 60 miles per hour, and brought a plane, helicopters and thousands of firefighters onto the front lines. Earlier this year in Malibu, a fire burned at least 5 homes, including one that belonged to actress Suzanne Somers. In October, a massive blaze burned for days - and destroyed another 6 homes and a church.
"Last month's fire, was uh, kind of a wake-up call," Lance Anderson, another Malibu resident said.
Lance and Jean Anderson got caught off guard last time, and couldn't grab what they needed. So Lance bought a trailer, and identified everything they couldn't afford to lose.
"We had a list, yeah, and we just went down the list and started grabbing stuff," Jean Anderson said.
Anticipating these fires a few years ago, the couple built a pool - and it's not just for show.