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This map shows the many fires that have affected Malibu and surrounding areas, 1900-2018. The Woolsey Fire is in red.
Scott Steepleton, Editor
3:40 pm PST March 8, 2021

Residents are being encouraged to share their thoughts on Malibu’s draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which has been in development since June 2019.

The plan will be the focus of a virtual meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday. Click here for the link.

Mayor Mikke Pierson calls wildfire “Malibu’s number one public safety threat” and the Community Wildfire Protection Plan is part of the city’s efforts to do “everything possible to be prepared and provide residents the resources they need to achieve community-wide wildfire preparedness.”

Developed with assistance from local, state and federal agencies and entities, the 175-page plan “provides a science- and engineering-based assessment of the wildfire threat” in Malibu’s wildland urban interface.

Strategies to reduce wildland fire hazards and risks include:

  • Pre-fire planning
  • Public education and outreach
  • Vegetation management/fuel reduction and enforcement of defensible space standards on private lands
  • Reducing structure ignitability by promoting and enforcing building codes, ordinances and statutes

In June 2019, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection awarded a $100,000 grant to the city for development of the plan, which helps the city secure grant funding for recommendations from the plan.

The Woolsey Fire (2018) is the latest in a long list of large wildfires that have devastated Malibu and the surrounding areas. With each, there’s a toll on human health and life safety, the built environment, local economies, the natural environment, and cultural/historical resources.

“Impacts from wildfire have also included numerous other short and long-term costs to social capital, human psychology, vulnerable groups and recovery capacities,” according to the draft plan. “While government agencies can play an important role in developing and implementing a range of wildfire hazard and risk mitigation activities, programs, and policies, wildfires are not fully preventable. Thus, it is critical that the ‘whole’ community works collectively to build individual and societal capacities to prevent, prepare, respond, and recover from major wildfire incidents.”

Said Mayor Pierson: “The Community Wildfire Protection Plan is a valuable tool and you can help make sure it is well suited to our community’s particular needs by participating in the meeting, reviewing the draft and sharing your input.”

The plan is available here.

Questions and comments may be sent by email prior to the meeting to firesafety@malibucity.org.