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The Corral Canyon Fire Safety Alliance says a sign warning motorists to turn back could save lives if fire threatened the area of this hairpin turn on Corral Canyon Road. Scott Steepleton/Surfside News
Scott Steepleton, Editor
11:24 am PST March 11, 2021

A hairpin turn at Malibu’s northern city limit has been identified as a choke point for motorists in the event of a fire.

Located on Corral Canyon Road about two miles north of Pacific Coast Highway near the El Nido neighborhood, the turn could be inaccessible for motorists if a fire came up the canyon, according to Dana Clark, president of Corral Canyon Fire Safety Alliance.

Clark gave a presentation about the unsafe condition to the Malibu Public Works Commission in January, and said his group has submitted a request for installation of a small changeable warning sign just north of the turn. The idea is that the sign would alert residents of El Nido, which is located in unincorporated Los Angeles County, to turn around prior to the hairpin turn.

At 5 p.m. today, the Public Works Commission/ Public Safety Commission will consider the proposal and perhaps give city staff guidance on installing such a sign at the location.

Clark recommends the sign be accessible by officials from the city, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, a volunteer fire department, the alliance or Arson Watch.

Comments on the matter prior to the meeting are being accepted by email to bayala@malibucity.org.

To watch the meeting and speak during public comment, follow the instructions at malibucity.org/virtualmeeting.