By CBSLA Staff

MALIBU (CBSLA) — The city of Malibu announced Wednesday a program that will remove fire hazard trees at no cost to help residents prepare for wildfires.

A brush fire burns in Malibu, Calif., on Aug. 30, 2019. (credit: CBSLA)

“Brush clearance and removing hazard trees are important ways to create defensible space to make your home more fire-resistant, help firefighters stay safe while defending your home, and protect the whole community from wildfires,” said Mayor Paul Grisanti.

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“Here in Malibu, the next big wildfire is just around the corner, not just in peak wildfire season. So it’s up to us all as individuals and as a community to do everything possible to be ready.”

Residents can sign up to have dead and dying trees removed for free later this summer. A licensed arborist will work with Public Safety staff and homeowners to identify and assess trees that pose a fire hazard, map them out, and schedule them for removal.

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The city will hold community chipper and green waste days in September to provide residents an opportunity to dispose of large amounts of vegetation that poses a fire hazard.

Both services are being funded by a $324,000 Wildfire Resiliency grant the city recently received from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

Sign-ups, schedules and all other information about both services will be posted at www.MalibuCity.org/FireSafety.

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