• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Community Wildfire Safety

Having good defensible space is one of the keys to surviving a wildland fire.

Due to vegetation type, topographic features and weather patterns, many residents of the Santa Monica Mountains will experience a wildfire near their home during their lifetime. It is critical that property owners plan ahead by creating defensible space starting from the "House Out" around their homes and by planning for their safety and welfare when a wildfire occurs.

The "House Out" concept guides the homeowner by starting with the structure itself and working out toward the wildland from there. To read more about the "House Out" concept and to get structure hardening tips download the House Out Guide.

To learn more about the best way to prepare for wildfire read and follow the Ready, Set, Go program endorsed by the Park and your local fire department.

Los Angeles County Residents (12.5 MB- PDF)

Ventura County Residents (811 KB - PDF)

Did You Know?

A community project led by the National Park Service has restored Zuma Lagoon.

Many hands spanning different generations and agencies continue to turn back the clock on damage to the fragile environment at Zuma Lagoon. After the removal of debris and the restoration of native plants, beach visitors now find a living wetland with 108 species of birds and colorful wildflowers.