69 Bravo Helistop is located near the top of Saddle Peak Road with 360° views of the surrounding area. The property is used as a refueling facility for water-dropping firefighting helicopters, with 10,000 gallons of water onsite in self-replenishing tanks, plus hookups to fire hydrants and water storage.
While battling wildfires, time is of the essence. 69 Bravo allows helicopters to drop water, turn around, re-fill, and quickly get back to the blaze. In the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains, this location provides a crucial resource for the Los Angeles County Fire Department to be able to protect Malibu and surrounding communities from their number one public safety threat.
November 2020, the world's largest fire fighting helicopter - the Chinook 47 with a capacity of 3,000 gallons, was tested at 69 Bravo. Now, Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties have each secured the use of a Chinook Helicopter for this coming fire season beginning June 15th. All 3 helicopters will be based within 14 minutes flight time to 69 Bravo. As a result, 69 Bravo has upgraded all 4 water tanks from the 6,000-gallon rubber/vinyl tanks to 4 brand-new 8,000-gallon metal tanks to accommodate the Chinooks.