Report issued on disastrous Southern California wildfire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A study of a disastrous wildfire that raged through Los Angeles and Ventura counties last year found the inferno presented unprecedented challenges to emergency agencies.
A draft of the report by management consultants released Wednesday says the fire shows the need for improved cross-jurisdictional response, public notifications and improved community resiliency.
The Woolsey Fire broke out Nov. 8, 2018, in Ventura County and raced into western LA County, burning through the Santa Monica Mountains and the city of Malibu until it reached the Pacific the next day.
The fire scorched 151.5 square miles (392 square kilometers) and destroyed 1,643 structures, mostly homes. Another 364 structures were damaged. Three people were killed.
The report says the fire services’ mutual aid system was exhausted by the first evening.