Big Rock Prescribed Burn

As of may 2, 2019, the big rock prescribed burn is cancelled. Cal Fire currently has no plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the malibu area.

Cal Fire, the State's firefighting agency, had proposed a prescribed burn of 431 acres in the Big Rock area of Malibu later this year to reduce the amount of flammable vegetation that could become fuel in a future wildfire as part of its ongoing fire prevention efforts. 

The Big Rock area was one of 35 Priority Fuel Reduction Projects listed in a recently released the Community Wildfire Prevention & Mitigation Report prepared by Cal Fire. The projects were identified through a rating system that looks at a many variables, including Fire Hazard Severity Zone, housing density, and the types of vegetation present in the area. The rating system also looks at socioeconomic factors within the fire risk areas, such as the percentages of people who live below the poverty line, have disabilities, are over the age of 65, or have difficulty speaking English.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department describes a prescribed burn as the confined application of fire to a pre-selected area of land in order to minimize the amount of fuel in the area. Prescribed fires are carried out only under specific weather and fuel conditions and are used to reproduce nature’s own process of regeneration. The prescribed burn proposed for the Big Rock area is estimated to occur in late fall, but the exact date depends on weather conditions. According to Cal Fire, the prescribed burn was planned before the Woolsey Fire, and fire officials have long considered eastern Malibu to be an area of concern because of decades of accumulated vegetation that could become fuel for a major wildfire. 

For more information, contact Chief Anthony Williams, Los Angeles County Fire Department, at 310-317-1802 or