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Posted on: January 27, 2020

Ribbon Cutting of First Owner-Occupied Home Rebuilt After Woolsey Fire

Woolsey Rebuild Ribbon Cutting

Malibu City Councilmembers, Commissioners and staff, representatives from other public agencies, neighbors, friends and family joined homeowner Laurie Brennan on January 27, 2020 to mark a major milestone in the community’s efforts to rebuild following the devastating Woolsey Fire. The Brennan’s home has been rebuilt after being destroyed by the fire, and she is ready to move in. 

A photo album from the event is available online. 
The press release about the event is available online.

City officials held an informal ribbon cutting of the newly reconstructed home and presented Brennan with the Certificate of Occupancy. The home in the Trancas Highlands of western Malibu is the first owner-occupied, primary residence that has been completely rebuilt after being destroyed in the November 2018 Woolsey Fire. Construction of one rental home was completed in mid-January. 

The Woolsey Fire started on November 8, 2018 and grew to nearly 100,000 acres, the largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history. It destroyed 488 homes in Malibu and 1,600 structures in total across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. As of January 23, 2020, more than 200 single-family homes in the Malibu city limits that were destroyed in the fire were in various phases of the permitting and planning processes. Fifty-seven homeowners had received their permit to begin rebuilding construction work. Rebuild progress can be tracked on the City’s rebuild web portal

For rebuild resources, visit To make a one-on-one appointment for fire rebuilding information or assistance, contact the Fire Rebuild Team at or call 310-456-2489, or visit the Fire Rebuild Counter at City Hall during regular business hours (Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM and Fridays, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM). City Hall is located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265.