Get ready for fire season

The Station Fire, which has burned more than 250 square miles in the Angeles National Forest, is 91 percent contained as of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Safety tip from Malibu’s Community Emergency Response Team

Fire season now is year-round, and Malibu has had its share of fires any time in the year. Now is a good time for Malibu residents to make sure they are ready. Perform a safety check to make sure all brush is cleared, important papers and photos are stored in a safe place and a family run through of evacuation procedures is done.

Also make sure a video tour is completed of your home inside and out as an inventory, should you need it for your insurer.

To help you prepare, Los Angeles County Fire Department has published a brand new brochure called “Ready! Set! Go!, which is available free on the Malibu City Web site ( It’s a personal wildfire action guide that walks you through a complete safety plan: from creating a defensible home, to creating your own family wildfire plan, to what to do as a fire approaches.

Part of the preparation for disasters is taking the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training where you will learn about important life-safety support techniques. More than 100 Malibuites have taken the free training provided by the City of Malibu. Anyone in good health and with a sense of community can participate in the program. The next series of classes start Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. Contact Brad Davis to sign up at 310.456.2489, ext 260.