"The public has a perception that public agencies can always protect them. As an incident the size of the Woolsey Fire shows, this is not always possible. The public has a shared responsibility for preparedness..."
Major finding: Ventura County only sent 2 firetrucks and 1 bulldozer to the Woolsey Fire as it broke out. Its resources were consumed with the Hill Fire in Camarillo. LA city and LA county were left to battle the fire, which started in Ventura County.
- During the first two days of the Woolsey Fire, 53 percent of the requests for fire engine mutual aid requests were unfilled. "That equals a staggering 874 reports," the analysis says.
- No fire units were pulled from LA, Santa Barbara, Orange or Ventura counties for Nor Calif duty prior to the Woolsey Fire.
- Pleas for fire trucks to be sent to Malibu were ignored for 21-1/2 hours.
- Fire bosses asked for 1600 fire trucks and only got half that many.
- Other Southern California fire agencies kept their trucks at home, knowing they were on their own due to the fires in Northern California.
- The mutual aid system was already exhausted Thursday night, before the Woolsey Fire had grown.
- County fire could not have planned for a scenario combination of a mass shooting in neighboring TO, major fire breaking out in Camarillo, central/northern California resources locked into 80-plus fatals in Paradise.
- Woolsey was 97,949 acres. The 2003 Old Topanga Fire was 16,516 acres.
- Fire of this size and speed had never been experienced or planned for.
- "The expectation of round the clock electrical power and internet connectivity became a myth."
- Social media has led public to expect real time information, but no system to deliver that exists.
- Ground crews worked 36-48 hours with no sleep.
- There was (and is) no prepared traffic evacuation plans for the Woolsey area.
- Need identified for regional evacuation and repopulation plans.
- Woolsey cost $52 million to put out, air ops alone cost $7.7 million.
- 911 was overloaded with 1,800 additional calls for help from within the fire zone, on top of the 1,100 normal calls.
- Woolsey got 8 choppers and 2 Superscoopers when it broke out, but only 2 CDF retardant plane drops. They were tied up with Hill Fire in Camarillo.
"Not Your Grandfather's Rooftop Water Sprinklers"