Here is a list of links to articles that have been published in the Topanga Messenger (with the newest at the top)


From Vol.38 No. 24 12/4/2014 - 12/17/2014 

By Ryan Ulyate

Wildfire is a fact of life in the Santa Monica Mountains. The bad news is that it’s only a matter of time before it returns to Topanga. The good news is that by implementing recent advances in fire science, Topanga can become a more Fire- Adapted Comm...

Adopt a Baby Oak at TCC

From Vol.38 No. 3 2/13/2014 - 2/26/2014 

By Crystal Garcia

Topanga, CA—On Saturday, January 25, a group of 48 volunteers gathered for a community event at the Topanga Community Club (TCC) to plant 34 Coast Live Oak saplings to replace the trees that were recently removed through a grant to the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council...

Part 2: The Hard Realities of Life in Paradise: Surviving a Wildfire!

From Vol.38 No. 2 1/30/2014 - 2/12/2014 

By Ryan Ulyate, Co-President, North Topanga Canyon

MAKE YOUR HOME LESS VULNERABLE TO WILDFIRE With record drought in California, 2014 could be one of the most dangerous years for wildfire on record. The recent, unseasonable fire weather this January and the fire on Old Topanga should serve as a wak...

Oak Tree Planting at TCC, Jan. 25

From Vol.38 No. 1 1/16/2014 - 1/29/2014 

By Crystal Garcia and Lizzy Montgomery

Join the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) and the Watershed Stewards Project (WSP) on January 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to plant native oaks along the slopes of the Topanga Community Club driveway in support of the Topanga Community Club’s re...

NTCFSC Completes 2012 Grant and Receives Follow-On Grant

From Vol.37 No. 21 10/17/2013 - 10/30/2013 

Some residents have expressed concern about the removal this year of 81 trees along North Topanga Canyon Boulevard (State Highway 27) and major side canyons (Refer to pages 10-11 for more commentary on the issue). The non-native and hazardous tree removal, a voluntary progra...

Fire-Safe Home Assessment Training, October 19

From Vol.37 No. 21 10/17/2013 - 10/30/2013 

By Beth Burnam, Ryan Ulyate, Becca Barkin

The North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) is offering a training class for its successful Home Ignition Zone Assessment program to train more assessors. Last summer the NTCFSC had its first training class, where the group spent the summer refining the program and now has a working program ...

Trees Removed at Topanga Community House to Improve Fire Safety

From Vol.37 No. 6 3/21/2013 - 4/3/2013 

By Beth Burnam

The North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) recently helped the Topanga Community Club (TCC) make its Community Survival Area safer. [[trees_tccbefore_fanda.jpg]]A presentation was made during the February general meeting of the TCC by by Assistant Chief Forester J. Lopez of the L.A. Coun...

Fire Safe Videos Available Online

From Vol.36 No. 24 11/29/2012 - 12/12/2012 

The videos from the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council Lecture Series can be viewed at

Fourth Fire Safe Council Free Lecture, Oct. 18

From Vol.36 No. 20 10/4/2012 - 10/17/2012 

The North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) continues its lecture series designed to help us better understand and mitigate the risk of wildfire to our homes and in our canyon. The fourth lecture, 27-EASE (Route 27 Evacuation And Safety Enhancement), describes the NTCFSC’s voluntary program...

How Fire-Safe is Your Home?

From Vol.36 No. 13 6/28/2012 - 7/11/2012 

By Flavia Potenza

The third lecture on June 12 in the four-part series, sponsored by T-CEP and the Topanga Library, featured Sabrina Drill, Ph.D, Natural Resources Advisor for UC Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, who addressed “Sustainable and Fire-safe (SAFe) ...

Report Brush Clearance to Support NTCFSC Grant

From Vol.36 No. 12 6/14/2012 - 6/27/2012 

Residents in the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) area who did not have their brush clearance done by May 31, may still report any brush clearance done between June 1 and August 31, to qualify for the NTCFSC matching grant in the next quarter ending August 31. Remember you have to liv...

NTCFSC Lecture Series #2: Hardening Your Home, May 16

From Vol.36 No. 9 5/3/2012 - 5/16/2012 

By Beth Burnham and Ryan Ulyate Co-Pres., NTCFSC

In the first of four lectures sponsored by the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) series, “Wildfire Risk in our Unique Ecosystem,” Kathryn Kirkpatrick and Robert Taylor from the National Park Service, presented some amazing things about the ecology of the Santa Monica Mountains, fire be...

Lecture Series: a Fire Adapted Topanga

From Vol.36 No. 7 4/5/2012 - 4/18/2012 

As part of its educational outreach, the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Committee (NTCFSC), will hold the first of a four-part lecture series on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Topanga Public Library. In keeping with NTCFSC's mission of long-term preparation, the focus of th

Fire Safe Council Survey: Need for Education and Neighborhood Action

From Vol.36 No. 6 3/22/2012 - 4/4/2012 

By Nora Slattery

When residents don’t know what they don’t know about fires in the Canyon, they endanger themselves, their families and the community as a whole. Topangans want more fire prevention information and value neighborhood-based action. These are just two of many findings in a Canyon-wide communi...

North Canyon Fire Safe Council Awarded $81,850 Grant

From Vol.35 No. 24 12/1/2011 - 12/14/2011 

By Beth Burnam

The North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) was awarded an $81,850 grant from the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) for its project, “Route 27 Evacuation and Safety Enhancement (27 EASE).” The funding was provided by a National Fire Plan Grant from the Cooperative Fire ...