Post Fire Dust and Ash

Compared to the photo above it, the lower shot looks like a sandstorm straight out of Lawrence of Arabia
This is dust and ash from the Woolsey Fire during 50 mph winds generated by the recent Santa Ana conditions. These photos were taken in Malibu from Point Dume, looking towards Escondido and Latigo Canyons and they are an extreme example of the air quality issues involved in the aftermath of the fire. All residents of the Santa Monica Mountains should be aware of the potentially increased risks of respiratory issues until the ash settles. Photos by Suzanne Guldimann

Suzanne Guldimann
Suzanne Guldimann

Suzanne Guldimann is a writer, artist, and musician who lives in Malibu and loves the Santa Monica Mountains. She’s covered environment, arts, science, history and crime for the local media for more than a decade and is the author of nine books of music for the Celtic harp. She can be reached at

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