Woolsey Fire

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The purpose of this page is to provide curated information relevant to our community. City Hall and all City parks and facilities remain closed, and all City meetings and activities are cancelled until further notice. GIC also has an updated Burn Map of the Woolsey Fire in Malibu.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE CENTERS (DAC)

SERVICES OFFERED AT THE DAC

Los Angeles County, in partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), has opened two Disaster Assistance Centers (DAC) in Agoura Hills and Malibu. The DACs provide a central location where  individuals, family members, and business owners affected by the fire can talk to government and non-profit agencies that can help them begin the recovery process and access needed services, resources, and support from a variety of public and non-profit agencies.


Starting on Monday, November 26, the DAC will be open from Monday-Thursday 1:00 PM- 8:00 PM and Friday- Saturday 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM. Closed Sunday. The DAC will be open until December 12 based on demand.

The Malibu DAC is located in the former Malibu Courthouse (23555 Civic Center Way) and will operate Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (closed Sundays and holidays) with a full staffing of agencies and services, including:

  • Guidance for disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing assistance and Rental Resource information
  • Answers to their questions, resolution to their problems, and referrals to those who can assist them to fulfill their needs
  • Registering with FEMA via telephone connection to the National Processing Service Centers (NPSC)
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA, Small Business Administration (SBA), and State
    Hazard Mitigation (HM) reconstruction information and general HM information

The Malibu Library (23519 West Civic Center Way) is also assisting the DAC by providing laptops, public PCs, WiFi, and space in the community meeting room. Malibu Library resumed its normal schedule on Monday, November 19, but will also offer special extended hours on the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 23), and on subsequent Fridays and Saturdays to coincide with the DAC hours.

An additional DAC is open in Agoura Hills at the Hilton Foundation Building, 30440 Agoura Road, Agoura CA 91301. The Agoura DAC is operating under the same hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; closed Sundays and holidays.


Storm Preparation

Following a wildfire, soil conditions are known to produce rock and debris flows. These flows form rapidly, and can be particularly devastating during high-intensity rainfall. Additionally, areas that are not typically prone to flooding may now be at new risk due to higher than usual flows in nearby streams and creeks.

The National Weather Service (NWS) advises that a Pacific storm system is expected to bring widespread rainfall to Southwest California on Wednesday, November 21, mainly from Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night, and tapering to showers on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day).

At this time, rainfall is generally expected to be light to moderate with this storm, but in the Woolsey Fire area, there is a strong possibility of rockslides and mudslides, especially along PCH, canyon roads, and areas near Malibu Creek.

If rockslides or mudslides threaten public safety, a new evacuation order may be necessary. All residents are urged to comply with any such evacuation orders and evacuate the area as quickly as possible. Residents with limited connectivity who may not receive alerts should consider pre-evacuating. Protecting your life is most important.

In preparation of expected rain, staff is clearing storm drains throughout the City and will continually monitor rainfall and stream flow for potential rockslides and mudslides, particularly in the heavily burned areas.

Sandbag Information

Sandbags are available to Malibu residents at local Los Angeles County Fire Stations, while supplies last. Residents, with valid ID, may bag up to 25 sandbags per household. Sandbags, sand and shovels will be provided. Locations will also have a supply of pre-filled sandbags at Zuma Beach, PCH and Heathercliff, and PCH and Webb Way staring on Wednesday, November 21.

LA County Public Works teams are assessing property needs throughout the City and will leave documentation indicating whether the property requires more than 25 sandbags. That document can be presented at the fire station to allow residents to fill more than 25 bags.

For additional information about how to prepare for possible mudslides or rockslides, view the City's Storm Preparation Guidelines.

Motorists should allow extra time and be prepared for significant travel delays if road closures develop. Motorists should also be aware of rocks and other debris in the roads, particularly along PCH and canyon roads, and proceed with extreme caution.

For the latest local weather forecasts, visit the National Weather Service (NWS) website at www.weather.gov and enter "Malibu" in the box in the upper left section of the page.


Public safety & fire Debris Removal

Fire Debris & Waste Removal Guidelines to print or download -
Fire Debris & Waste Removal 11-20-18

Until further notice the LA County Department of Public Health requires that:

  • No removal of fire debris resulting from the Woolsey Fire and concurrent fires in Los Angeles County shall occur from properties without a hazardous materials inspection conducted either by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or California Department of Toxic Substances Control or the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Unified Program Agency. The term "Removal of fire debris" as used in this order includes all cleanup of fire debris, but it does not include the removal of personal property from residential sites.
  • Pending the enactment of additional requirements to address the Woolsey fire and concurrent fires disaster clean up, no debris bins shall be provided to property owners for the purposes of the removal of fire debris without the authorization of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
  • Pending the enactment of additional requirements to address the Woolsey fire and concurrent fire disaster cleanup, property owners that opt out of the Fire Debris Clearance Program if one is established in Los Angeles County musty register with and obtain the permission of the Los Angeles County before beginning the removal of fire debris and conduct their private debris removal, transport, and disposal in a manner that does not endanger the community.

View the full Los Angeles County Public Health declaration from November 12, 2018.

Additional Fire Debris Removal Resources

The following press release from LA County Department of Public Health and Public Works provides details for residential and commercial trash removal. 

NOTICE RELATED TO WASTE DISPOSAL: 

Please place any spoiled food (including grains, dairy and meat) into your green waste containers.  

Please do not put fire debris or household hazardous waste (paints, cleaners, motor oil, batteries and pesticides) into your landfill, recycling or green waste containers. 


Property Tax Relief

Following the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency, homeowners in the County of Los Angeles whose properties have been damaged or destroyed by the Woolsey Fire may be eligible for property tax relief. Taxpayers whose properties have either been destroyed or sustained a minimum of $10,000 in damage may file a Misfortune and Calamity (M&C) claim for property tax relief. (View the Los Angeles County Tax Assessors Media Release.)


REBUILDING AFTER THE FIRE

After City Hall reopens, the Planning Department and Environmental Sustainability Department (ESD) staff will be available to assist residents as they complete the applications and forms needed to permit debris removal, the installation of temporary housing and erosion control devices, and the reconstruction of damaged homes. To help residents go through this process, Planning and ESD staff compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


Mail

The US Postal Service (USPS) has temporarily closed all post offices in Malibu. Malibu customers can pick up their mail at the USPS Facility in Malibu at 23648 Pacific Coast Highway. Facility hours are: Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Customers are reminded to bring proper photo ID in order to obtain their mail.

The City is working with USPS officials to resume mail service in Malibu as soon as possible.
 
Customers may call 323-586-1460 to hear the latest information regarding where mail can be picked up or when mail delivery will resume.

Evacuee Update Meeting (Tuesday, November 13, 2018)


The Los Angeles County Fire Department and the City of Malibu hosted a meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at Santa Monica High School to provide updates to Malibu evacuees from the Woolsey Fire. 

The meeting can be viewed on the City's YouTube Channel.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Many residents submitted questions at the Malibu Evacuee Update Meeting held on November 13, 2018. City staff will post those questions and answers in groups as they are completed. Stay tuned for updates!

  1. Questions and Answers #1
  2. Questions and Answers #2

DONATIONS

Material donations are not currently being accepted. Anyone wishing to assist those affected by the fire are encouraged to make financial donations to:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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