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'Avatar' director James Cameron plans to stay and fight next Malibu brush fire

October 26, 2009 |  7:11 am

James Cameron has made it clear he's ready to fight the next brush fire in Malibu.

The "Avatar" director told the New Yorker that he's taken elaborate precautions -- including building his own pump house -- at his Malibu compound and will stay and fight when the next brush fire hits.

“We have a big fire problem here,” he said. “We take the pool water, mix it with Class A foam, and pump it out over the whole property. Everybody else just runs for the hills.”

There has been much debate about whether homeowners should evacuate or stay and fight during brush fires. "We sit and wait. Put on our yellow coats and our breathing gear and wait. And, you know what? It’s impressive," Cameron told the magazine. "When these hills light up with a hundred-foot-tall wall of flames coming over the top of the hill there, you feel like it’s Armageddon.” 

The reporter noticed a "red Humvee platform fire truck" in the driveway.

--Shelby Grad

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