TreePeople and City of Malibu Present: Building Fire Resilient Homes and Communities- Innovations and Lessons from Australia
April 10, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, 4232 Las Virgenes Road Calabasas, CA 91302-1994
Last November, two devastating fires swept through parts of both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The Woolsey Fire burned almost 100,000 acres of land in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. It destroyed 1,643 structures, tragically killed three people, and prompted the evacuation of more than a quarter million people. At the same time, the Hill Fire burned 4,351 acres throughout Ventura County. Unfortunately, wildfires are becoming increasingly destructive to our local mountains, forests, homes, and neighborhoods.
In the aftermath of each fire, as people rebuild their lives and their homes, they also seek answers and information about resiliency. To empower our friends and neighbors, TreePeople is holding a “Building Fire Resilient Homes and Communities: Innovations and Lessons from Australia”symposium. Open to the public, the event will inform and educate those living in or near high-fire risk areas on how to modify or rebuild their homes with the most innovative Best Management Practices aimed at increasing fire resilience.
The symposium will feature key lessons and successes achieved in Australia in response to fires. Given that Australia has suffered many of the same climate change-induced impacts as California, TreePeople has invited a leader in Australian Emergency Management to share constructive lessons learned from their devastating “Black Saturday Bushfires” of 2009.
The expert will present practical and applicable modifications in building design, on-site water capture, vegetation and fuel management, and building resilient communities to increase fire safety and resiliency. Additionally, guests will be able to hear from a panel of experts discussing the aforementioned topics as well as participate in an interactive Q&A session.
Space is limited, so please RSVP. Note this event is open to the general public.