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  • Firefighters light backfires as they try to contain the Thomas wildfire that continues to burn in Ojai on Dec. 9, 2017. (Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images)

    Thomas Fire Now the 5th Largest Blaze in California History as It Burns 359 Square Miles

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check back for updates. The Thomas Fire became the fifth largest blaze in California history on Sunday as it scorched over 230,000 acres, or 359 square miles, prompting evacuations in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, authorities said. Containment dropped from 15 percent to 10 percent, officials announced Sunday evening. The blaze has so far destroyed 790 structures, threatening 18,000 more, Cal Fire said. More than 94,600 people have been evacuated or sheltered, and some […]

  • Video of Bullied Tennessee Middle Schooler Goes Viral; Celebrities Voice Support

    Celebrities voiced their support Sunday for a middle school student seen on video getting emotional while speaking about being bullied. Kimberly Jones posted the video of her son, Keaton, on Facebook Friday, and it has since gone viral. In the video, Keaton’s mother asked him what the bullies did to him. “They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly, they say I have no friends… They put ham down my clothes, threw bread at me,” the boy said. […]

  • Small Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Homes in Monrovia; Most Evacuations Lifted

    This is a developing wildfire story. Please check back frequently for updates. About 15 homes were evacuated as crews responded to a brush fire in Monrovia Saturday, officials said. “For all intents and purposes, the fire is now contained and under control,” said a statement provided by the city of Monrovia at 11:39 p.m. All mandatory evacuations were lifted except for the 500 block of Norumbega Drive, the statement said. Displaced residents can take shelter at the Monrovia Community Center […]

  • Old cars sit amidst a landscaped charred by the Thomas Fire in Ojai on Dec. 8, 2017. (Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images)

    Thomas Fire Grows to 155,000 Acres, Remains 15% Contained

    This is a developing fire story. Please check back for updates. The Thomas Fire has burned 155,000 acres, or about 242 square miles, and remained 15 percent contained as it continued to burn its way up the Southern California coast for a sixth day Saturday, officials said. It remains, by far, the largest of the six massive wildfires that have charred about 175,000 acres of Southern California this week. Altogether, the large fires have destroyed some 790 structures, Cal Fire Chief Ken […]

  • Crews Extinguish Fire on 18th Floor of Santa Monica’s Huntley Hotel

    Crews extinguished a fire on the 18th floor of the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica Saturday evening, officials said. Firefighters knocked down the fire in 18 minutes, the Santa Monica Fire Department said in a Twitter post at 8:42 p.m. Forty firefighters were on the scene and seven people were evaluated for minor smoke inhalation, the post said. Most of the damage was on the exterior of the building near the hotel’s Penthouse restaurant, according to officials. People were evacuated […]

  • Flames are seen behind a Bel-Air mansion threatened by the Skirball Fire on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck)

    Smoke Advisory Declared in San Fernando Valley, Coastal Areas

    County officials declared a smoke advisory on Saturday due to the Skirball Fire in Bel-Air and Creek Fire in the Sylmar area. The Skirball Fire that started early Wednesday reached 75 percent containment Saturday afternoon, and its acreage has been reduced to 421 due to more accurate mapping, according to a statement released by the Los Angeles Fire Department Saturday afternoon. The Creek Fire, which has burned 15,619 acres near Sylmar, or about 24 square miles, was 85 percent contained […]

  • Small Plane Crashes in Residential Neighborhood in San Diego; 2 People Reportedly Dead

    Two people died after a small plane crashed into a San Diego home Saturday afternoon, KTLA sister station KSWB reported. The plane hit a home on the 6000 block of Chandler Drive in San Diego’s Clairemont neighborhood, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said in a Twitter post. The house burst into flames, according to KSWB. An emergency responder who was not on the scene told KSWB that the plane was carrying four individuals. Two of them died and the two others […]

  • A helicopter drops water to support firefighters battling flames near a youth baseball complex outside Castaic in a photo released Dec. 9, 2017. (Credit: William G. Hartenstein / Los Angeles County Fire Dept.)

    Thousands of Homes Still Threatened Despite Lifting of Evacuations in Rye Fire

    All evacuations have been lifted but several thousand homes were still under threat from the Rye Fire smoldering near Santa Clarita on Saturday, officials said. The flames were 80 percent contained by Saturday evening and did not grow past the 6,049 acres they covered the day before, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Containment had been at 50 percent Friday night. A total of 5,460 structures in Simi Valley, Moorpark, Piru, Fillmore and southwest Santa Clarita remained threatened, […]

  • Los Angeles County sheriff's officials survey damage after the Creek Fire near Sylmar scorched a hillside in a photo released by the Sheriff's Department on Dec. 9, 2017.

    More Than 120 Buildings Destroyed by Creek Fire; Blaze Reaches 85% Containment

    The Creek Fire near Sylmar remained the second-largest blaze burning in Southern California, holding at 15,619 acres on Saturday. Firefighters have been able to prevent the flames from spreading further since Thursday night and the fire was 85 percent contained Saturday evening, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. More than 120 structures — including 60 homes — have been demolished by the fire since it began early Tuesday morning four miles east of Sylmar, officials said. Another 80 […]