Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says the number of homes destroyed by the Malibu wildfire has now been counted at 53 -- that's three more than estimates from earlier today.
The governor spoke at a Malibu news conference this afternoon after touring fire-damaged neighborhoods in the coastal enclave.
Despite the newfound losses firefighters made huge gains today and the wildfire is now 70 percent surrounded according to Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Ron Haralson.
Haralson says all closed roads will be reopened by 8 p.m. tonight, including the Pacific Coast Highway in both directions.
Thirty-four more homes were damaged by the flames that broke out
early yesterday but are still standing.
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