• The story of December 2017 has been fire, fire everywhere, fire still burning near the end of the month and reports of loss of life, and incredible destruction of homes and businesses. Hopefully this is not the new normal.
• So far, Malibu has been lucky, but that luck is the result of preparation by the city, the LA County Fire Department, and others in positioning of equipment ready to roll and having enough people on duty to handle things as they arise, before they can spread.
• There were two fire incidents—the first in Malibu Park, at Horizon Drive above the Malibu High School. It was a second alarm blaze which had 200 personnel on the scene, battling gusts of up to 62 miles per hour. The fire department jumped on the brush fire before it also could spread.
• Later in the month, there was a quarter-acre brush fire on Rambla Pacifico, two miles north of PCH, which they hit with ground troops and air drops quickly again, before it could spread
• In yet another fatality that initially started as car chase on PCH, a young man in a stolen car later lost control of the car and ended in a crash near Winding Way, in which four cars were involved and pedestrian was struck and killed by the suspect vehicle.
From all of us at The Malibu Times, we wish you a Happy Holiday, a Merry Christmas, and a happy and safe New Year.