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About the Malibu Fires - Malibu Fires Human beings are able to adapt to almost any environment unfortunately sometimes we take advantage of our natural surroundings We find ourselves amidst a struggle between our lifestyles and nature Although we affect nature profoundly with our activities we in turn are shaped by natures potent forces Nature can be brutal to humans but we must remember that it merely is following its course As a result we must learn to coexist with it Fire is a naturally occurring phenomenon which humans have learned to deal with throughout history Yet when fire burns uncontrollably there is great potential for monumental damage to all surrounding biomass The Malibu wildfires are an example of one such instance Historically wildfires had been left to burn uncontrolled for weeks Fires were caused by different sources such as lightning or human hunters who wanted to chase animals out of the woods As prolonged as these fires were they had limited catastrophic effects on the nomadic humans This is due to the low population density and the fact that the fires were not very intense As people began to change from a hunting-gathering society to agriculturists they settled in communities Homes built among the wild brush were perfect prey to wildfires Initially wildfires were put out immediately and people were barred from setting fires in open spaces Due to the policy of fire suppression only one percent of all wildfires escaped early control The land was safe from fires temporarily but this set the stage for catastrophe as the brush grew more dense There have been more than 20 catastrophic wildfires in Los Angeles County since the beginning of organized fire protection The first big one happened in December of 1927 The fire started in the La Crescenta Valley climbed over the Verdugo Mountain range and destroyed more than 100 homes In addition
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