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Three Historic Structures Lost In Wildland Fire

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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Three historic buildings within the park were destroyed by a wildland fire on the morning of Saturday, November 24th. The structures were in the Solstice Canyon area of Malibu, just north of the Pacific Ocean. The Corral Fire, the cause of which is under investigation, had burned 4,720 acres and destroyed at least 50 homes as of yesterday morning. Although it is within the boundaries of the park, most of the land that has burned is not managed by the National Park Service. It's estimated that 700 to 800 acres of federal land has been affected. Two of the three buildings were park residences – one served as the park’s dormitory and had five occupants. An unoccupied building adjacent to the dorm was also destroyed. They were built between 1960 and 1963 by TRW, an aerospace contractor that conducted scientific research on satellites with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the site. The other was a single family dwelling occupied by two dual-career employees. It was originally constructed in 1865 and was considered to be the oldest existing stone building in Malibu.  Everyone was evacuated safely. Its estimated that the fire arrived at this location within the first three hours after it started. All the residents are either staying with friends or have been provided lodging for the short term. There is some vacant park housing available; other options are being considered to ensure that everyone is comfortably accommodated in the future. The initial steps to establish an assistance fund are being considered, and more information will follow within the next several days. Damage assessments (both for structures and for resources) have already begun. A special events and tactical team (SETT) has arrived in the park to assist with security and continue patrols until the fire weather eases.


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