If you have an immediate safety concern, call 911 or the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station directly at 310-456-6652.
Encampments & Fires
Camping in the brush poses a wildfire threat. If you see a campfire in the brush, always call 911 immediately.
Encampments on private property should be reported to the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 310-456-6652 or 818-878-1808. If you are reporting an encampment on someone else’s property, the Sheriff’s Department can identify the property owner, check for a Letter of Agency on file, and/or contact the property owner to see if they want them removed. Property owners may file a Letter of Agency that permits the Sheriff's Department to remove trespassers from their private property.
Contact Susan Dueńas, Public Safety Director, with questions regarding encampments or filing a Letter of Agency.
Encampments on public property can also be removed; however, specific protocols must be followed by both the pertinent municipality and law enforcement. Sometimes, this process can take up to two months. Before clearing any encampment, campers must be given access to outreach services, and clear warnings must be posted noting the scheduled clean-up day. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) helps oversee this extensive process.
These procedures help ensure two things:
- People experiencing homelessness can connect with services and housing rather than just relocate to a new campsite.
- The City and law enforcement are protected from liability, decreasing costs to the community resulting from litigation.
If you are concerned about an encampment, City staff can provide information about any ongoing encampment clean-up operations.
Do not attempt to pick up used needles. If found, call the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Health Hazardous Materials Division:
- 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM: Call 323-890-4317
- After hours: Call 310-881-2455