Park staff are working hard on numerous projects in the aftermath of last monthâs destructive fire:
Funding for demolition/stabilization of the remains of burned structures and cleanup of the sites will be requested, as well as funding to rebuild at least one structure.
A team of specialists is surveying the fire area in preparation for a Burned Area Emergency Recovery (BAER) stabilization plan proposal, which will address such items as soil stabilization in watercourses and a survey of archeological sites.
A proposal is in the works for additional fuels and prevention staffing, both to address the park's existing needs and to reach out to the thousands of park neighbors, offering community planning options and assistance on making homes fire-safe.
Housing within the park has been found for all the displaced residents; once some minor repairs and cleaning has been accomplished, everyone should be moved in by mid-December.
Donations to assist employees at Santa Monica Mountains NRA who lost their homes in the recent wildfire can now be made on-line. You may use a major credit card or use PayPal. PayPal allows payments to be made through the Internet without using a credit card or sending a check. Donations are being managed by a park partner, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund. Log onto www.samofund.org, select "Donations," then select "Fire Recovery Fund." You may also send a check or money order (no cash, please, for your safety) t Santa Monica Mountains Fund, 401 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Write "Fire Recovery Fund" on the memo line. All donations will be given directly to displaced employees to help cover the numerous expenses they are incurring as a result of this tragedy. Many thanks in advance for your generosity and concern.
The Solstice Canyon site will remain closed to the general public until at least March 1st. This will provide an opportunity to identify and mitigate dangers along roads and trails, as well as remove all hazardous materials left from structures. Restrictions have also been placed on the Lobo Canyon area, prohibiting entry between sunset and sunrise in an area that has been frequented by those with less than praiseworthy intentions.