Click on the above link to see what the City of Los Angeles has NOT done since the Griffith Park fire – and what this city will still NOT do after this new round of fires.
And the properties that burned in Malibu would still be standing if the City of Malibu had clear the sumac around the Presbyterian Church – and across Malibu Canyon from the church and all around the hillside surrounding Malibu Crest Drive and Hodges Castle.
The reason I know how deep the sumac is there is I used to live on Malibu Crest Drive two doors before the Castle (which was built with stucco and wood - and not real stone) – right next to what was then architect Doug Rucker’s all wood house, which is hopefully still standing. Irene Dazzan-Palmer even then lived on the corner of Malibu Crest Drive and Malibu Canyon and she kept her property free of sumac, which is likely why it is still sanding.
The other problem in Malibu is that it still allows existing wood shake roofs to remain and they have taken no action to require decks to be fire-proofed, which is why so many beach houses have burned after embers land on the decks, the old wood shake roofs – or both.
But from past experience – nothing will change out there – just as nothing will ever change in LA until thousands of homes are destroyed in a single fire sweeping out of the hills and burning well into the flats of the city. Only then, maybe, will the politicians finally wake up and smell the burning wood shake roofs and the burning sumac.