Property Management plans for each AFC property include fuel modification as part of the overall habitat restoration plan for that property. AFC uses a long-term, strategic approach to fire fuel reduction on all properties. This approach is designed to reduce future work by removing highly flammable non-native species and encouraging local fire resistant native species to return.
AFC works with CalFire and the Department of Agricultural Commission to establish defensible space on its properties in accordance with their guidelines. AFC also works with adjacent neighbors to provide resources and assistance with their fuel reduction obligations. At Cottonwood Canyon, AFC partnered with the California Conservation Corps to provide a demonstration fire hazard reduction day on a neighbor’s property. At the Rosemont Preserve, Friends of the Rosemont Preserve partnered with FormLA landscaping to remove invasive plants and stabilize a neighbor’s slope with native plants.
Los Angeles County encompasses a land area of 4,000 square miles. 47% of this area is mountainous, while the remainder consists of alluvial valleys, coastal plains, and high desert. The mountains ranges within the County run from east to west. The main canyon drainages flow north and south. This natural topography has created airflow patterns linking the desert area with the Pacific Ocean. During periods of high meteorological pressure zones over the deserts, hot, dry, northerly winds known as Santa Anas follow these paths. The high frequency of fires in these areas has earned them the name fire corridors. Prominent fire corridors in Los Angeles County include Malibu, Arroyo Seco, and San Gabriel Canyons.