The Woolsey Fire and Southern California Public Lands

The Woolsey Fire, which started November 8, 2018, has devastated a significant portion of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in California. At a current 88% containment, nearly 100,000 acres and more than 1,000 structures have burned, and at least three lives lost. A map of the burn area, as of November 18, 2018, is here.

Much of the burn area is within public lands. Almost 90% of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has been decimated. It may take up to 20 years before these mountains return to their pre-burn state. Point Mugu State Park and several State Beaches are closed indefinitely, and the Backbone National Recreation Trail is also effectively closed.

I’ve updated the site pages and added links to fire and closure information for each of the above sites on their individual pages. Below are links to opportunities for you to donate to disaster relief efforts assisting the people, animals, and places affected by this horrific wildfire.