Big Rock Prescribed Burn

Cal Fire, the state firefighting agency, is proposing to conduct a prescribed burn of 431 acres in the Big Rock area of Malibu later this year to reduce the amount of flammable vegetation that could become fuel in a future wildfire as part of its ongoing fire prevention efforts. 

At the City Manager’s request, the L.A. County Fire Department will give a public presentation at the City Council meeting on Monday, May 13 to explain the process and safety precautions and answer questions from the City Councilmembers. 

The Big Rock area was one of 35 Priority Fuel Reduction Projects listed in a recently released Community Wildfire Prevention & Mitigation Report prepared by Cal Fire. The projects were identified through a rating system that looks at a variety of variables including Fire Hazard Severity Zone, housing density, and the types of vegetation present in the area. The rating system also looks at socioeconomic factors within the fire risk areas such the percentages of people who live below the poverty line, have disabilities, are over the age of 65 or have difficulty speaking English. The report is available here

L.A. County Fire describes a prescribed burn as the confined application of fire to a preselected area of land in order to minimize the amount of fuel in the area. Prescribed fires are carried out only under specific weather and fuel conditions and are used to reproduce nature’s own process of regeneration. The prescribed burn proposed for the Big Rock area is estimated to occur in late fall, but the exact date depends on weather conditions. According to Cal Fire, the prescribed burn was planned before the Woolsey Fire, and fire officials have long considered eastern Malibu to be an area of concern because of decades of accumulated vegetation that could become fuel for a major wildfire. 

For more information, please contact Chief Anthony Williams at the Los Angeles County Fire Department at 310-317-1802 or by email