Will This Be The Mother Of All Fire Seasons?

The scorching heat wave of the Labor Day weekend sent many thermometers in Malibu past the 100-degree mark, tested our power grid and created dangerous brush fire conditions for our tinder dry hillsides. Two separate fires in Malibu on Saturday afternoon, one at Rambla Pacifico and Las Flores Canyon Road and another one mile up Corral Canyon, were quickly and successfully knocked down. Even though PCH was packed with bumper to bumper beach traffic, Corral Canyon Volunteer firefighters of Station 271 and the Los Angeles County Fire Department were able to quickly respond with adequate crews and water dropping helicopters before both fires could explode out of control. One saving grace was the fact that this particular day was one of the few afternoons that was windless. Had there been a normal sea breeze or the sun downers winds of the previous days, these fires would have been much more dangerous. One firefighter was hospitalized for excessive heat.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 firefighters were getting the upper hand on a massive brush fire burning Sunday in the Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, and Burbank areas. That is considered to be the largest blaze in the history of the city of Los Angeles.

The La Tuna fire was 30 percent contained Sunday evening and had burned an estimated 7,003 acres, according to Los Angeles Fire Department officials.

Be Prepared, too many people still have not cleared the fuel, brush and dead leaves from structures or pine needles from their gutters or roofs. It just takes one spark or one tossed cigarette butt to start a disaster.

If you want a sobering dose of reality, do what I did while inspecting one of the burn areas next to the canyon roads and you may be prompted to be more prepared for the inevitable. Within 30 feet of either side of the road where one of the burns occurred, I inspected the debris on the side of the road and found dozens of tossed cigarette butts lying in the dry brush. Mind you this is a canyon where posted signs state that it is illegal to smoke or have any open flames year round! On a nearby popular hiking trail, I counted 76 tossed cigarette butts within a quarter mile, most of which were in the dry grasses.

Fortunately for a rare no wind day and a quick response by the LAFD and local Corral Canyon Firefighters, the suspicious rash of brush fires were quickly extinguished before it turned into a disaster situation that could have consumed several near by neighborhoods.

And if that is not cause enough for alarm, the cause of the last two Malibu brush fires has not been determined but suspicion of arson has not been ruled out.In this season of the fire, whether intentional or careless, know that a brushfire disaster will shut down language. Disaster cannot be fathomed. Disaster stops all speech because the suffering it causes is so total and complete.

Reality Check: Even though there are “NO SMOKING” signs posted along some our canyon roads, you can still find hundreds of cigarette butts tossed out of the windows of passing cars during high fire danger. This cigarette box and butts were found 30 feet either side of the road near the recent Corral Canyon fire.

Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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