Two public Listening Sessions will be held on February 23 and March 3 to capture the experiences of residents affected by the Woolsey Fire. In December, the LA County Board of Supervisors approved a comprehensive review of the Wolsey Fire response and recovery. The motion asked for a specific assessment about emergency notification and procedures, strategic communications during the fire and its aftermath, and community repopulation notification and procedures.

The public testimony during the Listening Sessions will inform the report being prepared by LA County, so that it can accurately reflect the experiences of those most affected, and gather recommendations for improvements that could be put into place for every stage of such a wildfire. LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and a Task Force of more than two dozen community leaders will be present during the Sessions to listen to the public testimony.

The Listening Sessions will be held on Saturday, February 23rd from 10am-3pm in Malibu at Elkins Auditorium at Pepperdine University, and Sunday, March 3rd from 10am-1pm at King Gillette Ranch.

The Woolsey Fire, a fast-moving brush fire that was 14 miles wide, with a footprint of 150 square miles, and driven by gusts of up to 70 mph, was the most destructive fire L.A. County has ever seen. It moved from the 101 Freeway to the Pacific Ocean in just five hours. Seventy thousand homes, businesses, and other structures lay in the fire’s path, and a quarter of a million people were evacuated.