Firescaping Workshops


In partnership with the City of Malibu and the Los Angeles County Waterworks District #29, West Basin hosted a workshop on Sept., 15, 2021.  In April 2021, West Basin also hosted a workshop focused on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Attendees learned landscaping and irrigation techniques to safeguard their homes from wildfires. During this interactive session, participants had the opportunity to have their specific questions answered by a subject matter expert.




What is Firescaping?

Firescaping uses landscaping techniques and native plants to protect your home from wildfires. These practices combined with smart irrigation systems can help safeguard your home, use less water, and save money on your water bill.

Why is Firescaping important?

California has dry, windy, and often hot weather conditions from spring through fall. These specific conditions in combination with climate change, can produce moderate to severe wildfires. Firescaping allows you to:

Identify high-risk landscapes

Learn which plants and building materials help minimize damage

Get tips for reducing your fire risk

Make your home firefighter-accessible

Workshop Instructor

Douglas Kent MS, MLA

Author of the best selling book on property protection in the U.S., Douglas Kent has been working to create fire-protected communities since 1993. He has worked with high-risk communities throughout California and has been on the front lines of many wildfires. Kent has taught at the California Polytechnic University, Pomona, since 2008.

Firescaping: Protecting Your Home with a Fire-Resistant Landscape, a book written by workshop instructor Kent.

In Partnership With:

City of Malibu

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Los Angeles County Waterworks District 29



Email Jenyffer Vasquez with questions or for more information.

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