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Posted on: August 19, 2019

Red Flag Season Community Wildfire Briefing as Part of National Preparedness Month

Wildfire Briefing

As Malibu heads into peak wildfire season, the City will hold a Red Flag Season Community Fire Briefing on Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at City Hall to keep the community up to date on wildfire conditions and preparations.

Although the Woolsey Fire was less than a year ago, we are already moving into wildfire season so we can’t let our guard down. It is up to every person in the community to be informed and aware of wildfire conditions.

The peak fire season generally begins in the fall with the onset of hot, dry, powerful Santa Ana winds that create extremely dangerous wildfire conditions and often result in Red Flag warnings. Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion Chief Drew Smith, a Fire Behavior Analyst, will provide information on local fuel moisture, expected weather patterns, and what that means for Malibu. 

City staff, Fire Department personnel and Southern California Edison (SCE) representatives will also provide information about what steps they have taken to prepare for Santa Ana wind conditions. The Fire Department will discuss the status and compliance of the defensible space program throughout the City and anticipated augmented staffing. City staff will discuss what the City has done to prepare for evacuations and possible power outages and what residents can do to be ready. SCE will give a presentation on its Wildfire Mitigation and Tree Trimming Plan, as well as its Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) plan. 

Throughout September, all Malibu community members are encouraged to be part of the efforts to promote community-wide emergency preparedness and join the City’s classes, drills and activities, all of which are listed on the event page


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