There's a nasty fire burning in Malibu today around Pepperdine U. [msnbc news] Virtual Earth provides an excellent look at the region. Here's a Collection looking at the affected area, including the Kashan castle pictured below. Live Search Maps gives you access to the same oblique aerial imagery used by many fire departments in planning and logistics. the four discrete views of each point on Earth give them an edge that the more commonly available satellite imagery can't provide.
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