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Malibu, California 90265 > Woolsey Fire Information

Debris Removal Deadline Extended to February 15th

Many deadlines are swiftly approaching for victims of the Woolsey Fire to: (1) apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency grants, (2) apply to the Small Business Administration for home or business loans, (3) apply for California Disaster Unemployment Insurance, and/or (4) opt in or out of the government backed Debris Removal Program. The deadline for each of the Federal and/or State programs was recently extended to February 15th, 2019, with the exception being that the CA. Disaster Unemployment Insurance deadline is extended to March 15th, 2019. [[1]] Woolsey Fire Victims should make sure to timely submit any of these applications if they wish to...

Woolsey Fire Burn Scar Area Suffering Mudslide Damage – Who Is To Blame?

As Malibu endured more emergency evacuations due to torrential rains Friday and Saturday, residents living in high risk burn scar areas are facing first time and/or additional damage due to mud and debris flow. We asked fire litigation experts Robins Cloud LLP to help us understand where the liability falls to help homeowners understand their rights during these weather events. [caption id="attachment_16952" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Homes in Ramirez Canyon sustained damage from mudflow and flooding Saturday. Ramirez Canyon area was impacted by the Woolsey Fire.[/caption] Do Insurance Policy Exclusions for Mudslides Exclude Coverage When a Fire Plays a Causal Factor in Causing a Mudslide? Most property insurance policies...

Excessive Rain Hits Today – 4-7 Inches Expected In Some Areas

‪FLASH FLOOD WARNING ⚠️ IN EFFECT FOR ALL WOOLSEY FIRE BURN AREAS. Heavy Rain is expected through Saturday as strong storm system approaches #SoCal. Amounts across coast/valleys 1-3" and 4-7" over the mtns & foothills! Flooding issues, mudslides & rockslides are possible! Heaviest rain for Woolsey and Hill burn areas 6 am-2 pm Sat. Peak rainfall rates of 0.50-1.00 inch per hour. Potential for significant/damaging debris and mud flows as well as rockslides. Dangerous road conditions! Seek higher ground if you are in high risk areas. #safetyfirst ‬...

Powerful Wind Gusts and Rain Storm Tonight Through Saturday

Significant wind impacts possible with upcoming storm system late Fri night-Sat including numerous trees and powerlines down, power outages, and difficult driving conditions for high profile vehicles. Potential for one of the strongest south wind events in recent years with damaging gusts of 60-80 mph possible in the watch area (highest in the mtns). Flash Flood Watch issued for recent burn areas of SBA, Ventura, and LA counties Saturday into Saturday night. Peak rainfall rates 0.50-1.00 inch per hour likely, with local rates up to 1.25 inches per hour possible across south facing mountain slopes....

PGE Bankruptcy: Will It Affect Woolsey Victims? Experts Say NO.

With the PGE lawsuit making the news as they filed for bankruptcy Tuesday, we reached out to Fire Litigation Specialists at Robins Cloud LLP to go deeper into the impact this could have on Woolsey Fire Victims and how the community should prepare for litigation in the future. "Some in the community have expressed concern about whether PG&E’s recent bankruptcy filing has any bearing upon Woolsey fire victims’ ability to assert claims against Southern California Edison. For a variety of reasons, PG&E’s filing is unlikely to have an impact. Although Southern California Edison and PG&E both supply electricity to Californians, they are two completely different companies...

Opt-In Debris Removal Program Deadline is January 28th

On November 12th, 2018, the County of Los Angeles issued a Declaration of a Local Health Emergency and Order Prohibiting the Endangerment of the Community through the Unsafe Removal, Transport and Disposal of Fire Debris citing "the potential for widespread toxic exposures and threats to public health and the environment exists in the aftermath of a major wildfire disaster, and debris and ash from residential structure fires contain hazardous substances that can result in adverse health impacts to the public". Additionally the order states: "No removal of fire debris resulting from the Woolsey fire and concurrent fires in Los Angeles County shall occur from properties without...

Woolsey Fire Statistics

The Woolsey fire, which began on November 8th, 2019, destroyed 1,643 structures as it swept through Oak Park and Ventura County and into Malibu making it one of the most destructive fires in Southern California history. The Woolsey fire scorched more than 96,000 acres and left three people dead before it was fully contained on Thanksgiving Day, fire officials said.   ...