The Woolsey Fire is one of the largest and most destructive fires in California history. The fire, which started almost a year ago, destroyed over 1,000 structures, including hundreds of homes, in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. More than 295,000 people were evacuated.
The fire broke out in the afternoon on Nov. 8, 2018 north of Bell Canyon and rapidly moved south through the Santa Monica Mountains. Fueled by erratic Santa Ana winds, the fire jumped the 101 Freeway and tore through hillside communities in Malibu, eventually burning all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Near 10,000 acres of land were burnt by the time the Woolsey Fire was finally contained, thirteen days after it first started.
The Los Angeles County’s Office of Emergency Management has released a report today to review emergency response to the Woolsey Fire and progress on recovery.
Kevin McGowan, Director of the Office of Emergency Management, County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office