The 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive on record in California with a total of 1,893,913 acres burned. In case something were to spark on the Peninsula, the city of Palos Verdes Estates will discuss prevention and preparedness on March 14.

The public safety presentation will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Vía Campesina in Palos Verdes Estates.

Panelists will include: The Los Angeles County Assistant Fire Chief, Palos Verdes Estates Police Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department Acting Deputy Forester, Palos Verdes Estates Director of Public Works/City Engineer and the Palos Verdes Estates Forester.

They will go over notification systems, the “Ready, Set, Go!” personal wildfire action plan and answer frequently asked questions such as:

  • What does the city do for brush clearance and why?

  • Where is the vegetation that is a fire hazard? What is the vegetation that is a fire hazard?

  • What do residents need to know for fire prevention and protection?

  • How does the city respond to a fire and how do police and fire communicate with the public?

The last major wildfire on the Palos Verdes Peninsula was in August 2009 which burned 230 acres in the Portuguese Bend area which damaged six homes and forced hundreds of evacuations. And in 2005 more than 200 acres were scorched near Del Cerro Park.

The most destructive wildfire in the South Bay’s history burned 925 acres in Rolling Hills during a dry year in 1973, destroying 12 homes and damaging at least 10 more.

IF YOU GO:

What: Public Safety Presentation for fire prevention, preparedness and response

When: 6:30 - 9 p.m. Thursday, March 14

Where: Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Vía Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

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