Malibu Community Woolsey Fire Memory Project

"In enduring more tribulation than anyone should have had to bear, they have shown more love than anyone could have asked for."

—President Andrew K. Benton
on the community coming together after the Borderline shooting and Woolsey Fire
November 13, 2018


The Woolsey Fire started on November 8, 2018, reaching Malibu in the early hours of November 9th. By the time it was contained nearly two weeks later, the fast-moving Woolsey Fire had burned 96,949 acres of land, destroyed 1,643 structures, and forced nearly 300,000 people to evacuate. The fire touched all of us in the community and continues to impact many of our everyday lives.

Hosted by Pepperdine Libraries, the Malibu Community Woolsey Fire Memory Project collects, preserves, and presents the history of the Woolsey Fire and its impact on our local community, with a focus on Malibu and Pepperdine University. The goals of this project are to help community members process and heal from this disastrous event by sharing their stories, and to preserve a record of the event for future generations.

We welcome you to share your Woolsey Fire story through photos, videos, and written accounts. Please use the link below to upload photo or video files, or to add your written account. If you would be interested in being interviewed about your experience, please check the appropriate box on the form, and we will get in touch with you.

If you have any questions or would like more information about this project, please contact Melissa Nykanen at If you need help with submitting files, or have large quantities of materials that you would like to submit separately, please contact Josias Bartram at



Malibu Strong banner with heart shaped notes

Woolsey Fire burn map