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Woolsey,
One Year Later


The Woolsey fire was the largest fire in the history of LA county.
To tell the story of Woolsey is to tell the story of a community that is still rebuilding from loss over a year later.

Annenberg Radio News, November 12, 2019 | Remembering Woolsey One Year Later

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Photo by ZaZu Lippert

If you talk to anyone who lives in Malibu, they'll have a story from it.

Whether it's a man who stayed to save his house, a teacher helping kids feel safe coming back to theirs, or a woman who coordinated the evacuation of an entire ranch.


Some Woolsey fire survivors are still dealing with the trauma

Psychologist Claire Telford tells us about the trauma that comes with living through a natural disater like the Woolsey fires.
By Cathren Killedjian

Photo by ZaZu Lippert

The "Ashes to Blossoms" ceremony at Camp JCA Shalom.

From ashes to blossoms, Camp JCA Shalom rebuilds

Last year, 90% of Camp Shalom burned in the Woolsey fires. On the one year anniversary, camp staff and past camp residents came back to rebuild.
By Haley Bosselman

Amidst the flames: Fighting Woolsey

Nils Carson was a member of the LA County Fire Department hand crew. Along with his son and friend, he stayed to save his house.
By Lola Akinlade

Broadcast produced by Sofia Bosch, Aaron Glazer, Megan Ely and Spencer Petty

The Woolsey fire burned for nearly two weeks, while people in the Malibu area tried to protect their lives and homes.

As the climate changes, wildfires are becoming normal

The debate on the causes of wildfires has been raging since California embraced a deadlier wildfire season after Woolsey. But we might be approaching this debate all wrong.
By Eileen "Baoqi" Chen and Celine Mendiola

Photo by Aiyonna White

The Malibu hillside from Zuma Beach.

A year after the Woolsey fire, Malibu residents still struggle to rebuild their homes

Malibu is still rebuilding from the Woolsey Fire. Elementary school teacher Mary Tafi in tells us how she helped her class process the loss.
By Olivia Novato

In fire-ravaged Malibu, home insurance is a pricey consideration

A big reason why so many people have yet to rebuild is due to the slow process of obtaining permist and receiving fire insurance moeny. And new insurance obstacles in the area may make this even harder.
By Andrea Klick

Photo by Aiyonna White

Nora Cohen from Big Heart Ranch with one of their rescue animals.

Malibu ranch animals help families process trauma

A ranch in Malibu evacuated all their animals during the Woolsey fire. Now, they’re helping families process trauma.
By Vanessa Gaie

Lessons learned from Woolsey

Last month, LA County released a report about the challenges and successing in battling the Woolsey fire. Perhaps the most important section of the 200-page report were the committee's recommendations at the end of it.
By Baoqi "Eileen" Chen and Celine Mendiola

Photo by ZaZu Lippert

The Malibu hillside from Zuma Beach.

Reflecting and Rebuilding

In the year since Woolsey, host and producer ZaZu Lippert has seen her community come together and emerge stronger.
By ZaZu Lippert