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BRUSH CLEARING SAFETY TIPS

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It's that time of year---brush clearing around your home!

Los Angeles is subject to hot weather, high winds, dryness and overgrowth, which create fire hazards when combined. It is important you brush clear your property and create a defensible space around your home to ward off potential fire disasters.   Firefighters credit brush clearance with preventing a major loss of homes and other damage during the wildfire. Most brush fires start on uncleared, overgrown areas with lots of fuel (such as dead branches, tree parts and dry leaves), so brush clearance is considered a crucial barrier when flames reach developed areas. Although brush clearance inspections occur one a year, remember that maintenance is a year-round responsibilty.  The LA County Fire Code requires all structure owners to comply with brush clearance requirements in an area up to 200' from structures.  To help you following safe brush clearing guidelines, please read on.

 

 

 

 

 

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TOPANGANS - REGISTER AS A CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITAT

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Three Topanga community organizations: Topanga Town Council, the Topanga Creek Watershed Committee, and the Topanga Chamber of Commerce (TCoC), have all signed on to support Topanga's registration as a "Certified Wildlife Habitat" (CWH) at the community level and WE NEED YOU to help us achieve this goal. It's easy for Topangans to qualify!

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RIDE THE EXPO LINE FROM DOWNTOWN TO SANTA MONICA

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Expo Line Extended - A Note from Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Starting May 20, the Expo Line will take travelers all the way to Santa Monica. Click here to read the announcement from LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. 

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Horse Facility Compliance Perspective

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The Las Virgenes Homeowner's Federation presents a summary on obtaining permits for horse facilities in the canyon.

The Las Virgenes Homeowner's Federation wrote an important factual summary about "permitting equestrian facilities in our new Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program."  It helps clarify some of the misinformation that has been circulating throughout the community and may help you to understand some of the questions and concerns.

To read the LVHF summary, please click here.

 

 


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ILLEGAL DUMPING & GRAFFITI REMOVAL

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Illegal Dumping & Graffiti Is Not Welcomed In Our Canyon

Many residents have commented on seeing sofas, mattresses and furniture dumped along our beautiful roadsides.  All residents can and should take an active role in reporting incidents of graffiti and illegal dumping. By reporting incidents as soon as you see them, the issue can be remedied/removed in a more timely fashion. The Topanga Town Council thanks everyone for being diligent in reporting any criminal activity in our canyon.

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EMERGENCY EQUINE EVACUATION: PREPAREDNESS IS KEY!

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Horse Evacuation Information from LA County's Equine Response Team

The County of Los Angeles Equine Response Team, is an all-volunteer group trained to quickly and safely evacuate livestock during natural disasters and other emergencies. Learn how the ERT works during a fire, and what you can do to prepare in advance for safe horse evacuation. 

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FIREFIGHTING IN TOPANGA BY AIR

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Learn how Los Angeles County Fire Fighters battle Topanga's fires by air from 69Bravo.
You won't want to miss seeing this incredible video about 69Bravo's helipads showing how fighting Topanga fires from the air has saved our canyon from extensive fire destruction.
In this video, LA County Fire talks about the recent Topanga Sky Fire by saying, "They estimated that if the helipads (at 69Bravo) had not been there, and the water 'pumpkins' especially, the fire would have gone all the way from Topanga to the Pacific Ocean within two hours." Watch the video to learn more about 69Bravo and how it is one of the most important fire fighting assets for Topanga and Malibu. Click here to see this amazing video.

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PLANTING - GO NATIVE & FIRE SAFE

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A Fire-Safer Plant List

Why fire-safer, not fire-safe? Under the right conditions, anything can burn; but the plants on this list will be slower to burn and slower to spread fire. Many are native, and the non-native plants listed are not likely to spread into the wild landscape. These lists are not comprehensive, but all the plants here should be widely available.  You can find fire safe plants at Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., in Encino. PH: 818-784-5180. To see their website, click here.

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ILLEGAL DUMPING & GRAFFITI REMOVAL

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ILLEGAL DUMPING AND GRAFFITI SHOULD NOT HAVE A HOME IN OUR CANYON

Many residents have commented on seeing sofas, mattresses and furniture dumped along our beautiful roadsides.  All residents can and should take an active role in reporting incidents of graffiti and illegal dumping. By reporting incidents as soon as you see them, the issue can be remedied/removed in a more timely fashion. The Topanga Town Council thanks everyone for being diligent in reporting any criminal activity in our canyon.

TO REPORT ILLEGAL DUMPING ---
BY PHONE: 1-888-CLEAN-LA, press O (zero). Give specific location information and item(s) to be picked up.
ONLINE:  CLICK HERE
If you are reporting illegal dumping on private property, please note that it is the responsibility of the property owners to clean-up and remove any illegally dumped items on their own property. For bulky item pickup, you can call Universal Waste Services at: 800-631-7016. Bulky item pickups are at no charge and are scheduled on most Thursdays.

TO REPORT GRAFFITI ---
BY PHONE: LA County's Graffiti Hotline - 800-675-HELP (4357)

BY EMAIL: To help the Sheriff's Department with these type of crime related activities, they ask you send them a photo with date/time/location of the graffiti so they can run it through their database before the graffiti is removed. This can help them detect crime patterns and activities in and around our area. You can do so by emailing Sergeant Johnson at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Brush Clearing Tips

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It's that time of year---brush clearing around your home!

Los Angeles is subject to hot weather, high winds, dryness and overgrowth, which create fire hazards when combined. It is important you brush clear your property and create a defensible space around your home to ward off potential fire disasters.   Firefighters credit brush clearance with preventing a major loss of homes and other damage during the wildfire. Most brush fires start on uncleared, overgrown areas with lots of fuel (such as dead branches, tree parts and dry leaves), so brush clearance is considered a crucial barrier when flames reach developed areas. Although brush clearance inspections occur one a year, remember that maintenance is a year-round responsibilty.  The LA County Fire Code requires all structure owners to comply with brush clearance requirements in an area up to 200' from structures.  To help you following safe brush clearing guidelines, please read on.

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