Post Fire Dust and Ash

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. Compared to the photo above it, the lower shot looks like a sandstorm straight out of Lawrence of Arabia. Photos by Suzanne Guldimann


Suzanne Guldimann

Suzanne Guldimann is an author, artist, and musician who lives in Malibu and loves the Santa Monica Mountains. She has worked as a journalist reporting on local news and issues for more than a decade, and is the author of nine books of music for the harp. Suzanne's newest book, "Life in Malibu", explores local history and nature. She can be reached at

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