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Submitted by the Office of Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
6:00 am PST February 16, 2019

Public listening sessions to capture the experiences of residents affected by the Woolsey Fire will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, and March 3. 

The Feb. 23 event is to be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pepperdine’s Elkins Auditorium (24255 Pacific Coast Highway), while the March 3 event will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at King Gillette Ranch (26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas).

The public testimony during the listening sessions will inform the report being prepared by Los Angeles County about emergency notification, evacuation and repopulation procedures during the Woolsey Fire. 

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and a taskforce of more than two dozen county, city, state, and federal agency and community leaders will be present during the sessions to listen to public testimony. 

The Woolsey Fire, a fast-moving brush fire that was 14 miles wide, with a footprint of 150 square miles, and driven by gusts of up to 70 mph, was the most destructive fire LA County has ever seen. It moved from the 101 Freeway to the Pacific Ocean in just five hours. Seventy thousand homes, businesses, and other structures lay in the fire’s path, and a quarter of a million people were evacuated.