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  • The Thomas Fire was burning in area of Summerland and Montecito, near the city of Santa Barbara, on Dec. 11, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thomas Fire Still Threatening Thousands of Homes as It Burns Deeper Into Santa Barbara County; Blaze 20% Contained

    The Thomas Fire, which became the fifth largest blaze in California history on Sunday, is likely to continue to grow Monday as it burns deeper into Santa Barbara County and threatens thousands of homes. Gusty Santa Ana winds will push the fire, which has burned 231,700 acres — or 362 square miles, according to a Cal Fire update Monday morning. The fire was 20 percent contained. The extreme fire behavior will hinder control efforts Monday and have firefighters focused again on […]

  • Authorities investigate a deputy-involved shooting in Artesia on Dec. 10, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Fatally Shot After Allegedly Slashing 2 Sheriff’s Deputies With Knife in Artesia

    A man was shot and killed after he allegedly used a knife to cut two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies during an altercation in Artesia Sunday night. The deputies responded to the 11900 block of Droxford Street when someone reported a “suspicious person in a vehicle” just before 9:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department. The same man later abandoned the SUV in the front lawn of a home and was seen fighting with an unknown […]

  • A resident cries as the Thomas Fire approaches the town of La Conchita early Dec. 7, 2017. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

    Raging 150-Square-Mile Thomas Fire Prompts Mandatory Evacuations in Santa Barbara County

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check back frequently for updates. As evacuation orders continue to expand amid the massive Thomas Fire burning in Ventura County, residents trying to flee the danger areas had to work around closures on the 101 Freeway and Highway 150 Thursday. The fire has burned 96,000 acres — or about 150 square miles — and is just 5 percent contained, fire officials tweeted Thursday morning. By early evening, new evacuation orders were issued for Santa Barbara […]

  • Firefighters work to extinguish the Thomas Fire as it burns past the 101 Highway towards the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura Dec. 7, 2017. (Credit: KYLE GRILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

    Woman’s Body Recovered in Thomas Fire Evacuation Zone Near Santa Paula

    The body of a woman was found Thursday morning in a fire evacuation zone impacted by the 150-square-mile Thomas Fire burning in Ventura County. The body was recovered after what appeared to be a solo vehicle crash in Wheeler Canyon between Santa Paula and Ojai, Ventura County Fire Department Public Information Officer Rich Macklin said. Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said the California Highway Patrol responded Wednesday night to a report of a crash. Officers found a vehicle off the roadway with […]

  • The Skirball Fire flares in Bel-Air on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    450-Acre Skirball Fire Burns Homes in Bel-Air Area, Prompts Evacuations Affecting 46,000 People

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check KTLA.com frequently for updates. A brush fire that erupted near the Getty Center early Wednesday morning burned at least four homes, prompted mandatory evacuation orders in some of Los Angeles’ most affluent neighborhoods, and temporarily shut down a major portion of the busy 405 Freeway. The Skirball Fire started near the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Drive just before 5 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. By 10 p.m., the fire […]

  • The Creek Fire burns at dusk on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Creek Fire Burns 12,605 Acres; Mandatory Evacuation Order to Continue Overnight

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check back frequently for updates. An out-of-control brush fire that erupted in the Angeles National Forest about 4 miles east of Sylmar Tuesday has burned 12,605 acres – or about 20 square miles – as of Wednesday evening, officials said. About 30 structures have been destroyed in the fire, including 20 in the Kagel Canyon area and 10 in the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department stated in an update. Some 2,500 […]

  • Driven by winds, the Thomas Fire sends embers all over residential neighborhoods north of Ventura. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

    Wind-Driven Thomas Fire Burns More Than 85 Square Miles in Ventura County, Jumps 101 Fwy; 12,000 Structures Threatened

    A destructive, wind-driven brush fire continued to rage in Ventura County Tuesday night, threatening more than 12,000 structures as it grew to 55,000 acres after jumping the heavily-traveled 101 Freeway, authorities said. The fire, dubbed the Thomas Fire, increased in size to 55,00 acres — over 85 square miles — as of 6:30 p.m., according to the latest update from incident command. The massive inferno remained at 0 percent containment. Meanwhile, a curfew is scheduled to go into effect in the city […]

  • The Creek Fire was 0 percent contained on the night of Dec. 5, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    11,000-Acre Creek Fire in Foothills Above Sylmar Forces Mandatory Evacuations Affecting 110,000 People

    A brush fire burning in the foothills above Sylmar, Lake View Terrace and Sunland-Tujunga scorched 11,000 acres, burned at least 30 structures and forced more than 100,000 people to evacuate their homes Tuesday. By late afternoon, a state of emergency had been declared in both the city and county of Los Angeles, which had sent firefighters on Monday to battle the much larger Thomas Fire in Ventura County. The Los Angeles County blaze, dubbed the Creek Fire, began about 3:42 […]

  • The 8400 block of South Western Avenue is seen in this image from Google Maps.

    Firefighters Find Gunshot Victim in Vehicle Parked Outside Burning South L.A. Building

    Firefighters responding to an apartment fire in the Manchester Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles Thursday morning found a man suffering from a gunshot wound inside a parked vehicle. Crews responded to the 8400 block of South Western Avenue shortly after a fire was reported at an apartment building about 8:42 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Bastman said. The fire was doused quickly and was contained to one unit, Bastman said. No patients were found inside the building, […]