Wildfire Devastates Malibu Surf Community
As of today, the fast-moving Woolsey Fire that continues to blaze through Malibu has burned 83,000 acres and destroyed 177 structures. There are two confirmed deaths and nearly 250,000 people displaced, the LA Times reported. The Woolsey fire is currently 10% contained and, unfortunately, more Santa Ana winds are forecasted to blow throughout today, and into Monday, as firefighters battle for the fourth straight day.
Malibu’s local surf community has been devastated by the fire. Numbered among those who’ve lost their home is WSL Commentator Strider Wasilewski and his family. Laird Hamilton stayed home despite the mandatory evacuation and staved off the flames with his pool water (watch him drive his Hummer through what looks like hell in the Instagram post below). The parking lot at Zuma Beach has been converted into a makeshift camp for evacuees and a staging area for firefighters. Viral photos showed horses on the beach and llamas tethered to lifegaurd towers while ash rained down. View the LA Times’ harrowing photo essay of the scene here.