How to Help Those Affected by SoCal Brush Fires

Anthony Kurzweil is a web producer for KTLA in Los Angeles.


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  • Wife of Gardena Motorcycle Officer Killed in Crash Shares Tearful Memories at His Vigil

    The Gardena Police Department will held an emotional vigil Friday night for a motorcycle officer who was killed in a crash while on his way to work earlier this week. Officer Toshio Hirai, 34, was a 12-year veteran of the Police Department who leaves behind his wife, Kristen, and 2-year-old son, Takeo. The family, his fellow officers and other loved ones assembled at the department headquarters on 162nd Street remembered him as someone who liked to live life to the […]

  • Andy Olivera is shown in a photo at a vigil on Nov. 15, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Teen Training for Marathon Killed in Westlake Hit-and-Run Crash, Friends Say

    Police are asking the public for help in their search for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a teen who was training for a marathon in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles earlier this month. The crash occurred just after 1 a.m. on Nov. 10 near the intersection of Virgil Avenue and First Street, the Los Angeles Police Department stated. Video posted by the LAPD to YouTube on Thursday showed the victim jogging in the street when he is struck […]

  • Gardena Motorcycle Officer, a Husband and Father, Dies Following Crash in Harbor City

    A Gardena motorcycle officer died Thursday after being critically injured in a crash in Harbor City the day before, according to police. Officer Toshio Hirai, 34, was riding his bike to work when the collision occurred near the intersection of Western Avenue and 238th Street around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday. He leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old son. “A number of outstanding doctors, nurses and other hospital staff members did all that they could to try to save Toshio,” the Gardena […]

  • An overturned tanker spilled fluid onto the 710 Freeway near the city of Commerce on Nov. 15, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Overturned Big Rig Spill Prompts Hourslong Closure of SB 710 Freeway Near Commerce

    Spilled antifreeze from an overturned big rig forced an hourslong closure of the southbound 710 Freeway near Commerce Thursday morning. The solo-vehicle crash was reported about 1:45 a.m. just north of the 5 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic incident log. The driver told investigators he was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and a shift in the load’s balance caused the truck to overturn, California Highway Patrol Officer Hector Placencia said. “Fortunately, it’s not a flammable […]

  • The Briggs Fire burns near Santa Paula on Nov. 15, 2018. (Credit: Ventura County Fire Department)

    Briggs Fire: New Brush Fire Scorches About 50 Acres Near Santa Paula

    Firefighters are battling a new brush fire that broke out near Santa Paula Thursday morning. The blaze, dubbed the Briggs Fire, has burned an estimated 50 acres in a river bottom area marked by rugged terrain, the Ventura County Fire Department tweeted just after 9 a.m. The fire was burning near Highway 126 in a remote area between Saticoy and Santa Paula. Hand crews were hiking to the scene and bulldozers were trying to clear a path for fire vehicles, […]

  • Human remains were discovered on a property in Agoura Hills amid the destruction of the Woolsey Fire on Nov. 14, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Body of 3rd Victim Linked to Woolsey Fire Discovered Near Agoura Hills; Some Residents Allowed to Return Home

    The death toll linked to the devastating Woolsey Fire rose to three Wednesday after authorities confirmed the discovery of a fire victim inside a razed residence south of Agoura Hills. Cadaver dogs found the body among the rubble of a home burned to its foundation at about 6 a.m. in the 32000 block of Lobo Canyon Road, in an unincorporated area at the northwest edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said. Authorities responded to the residence […]

  • Fire burns as crews word to douse the Sierra Fire in Fontana, which broke out on Nov. 13, 2018. (Credit: Inland News)

    Sierra Fire: Crews Get Upper Hand on 147-Acre Blaze in Fontana

    Fire crews made an aggressive attack on a brush fire that broke out in Fontana Tuesday night and appeared to have it under control Wednesday morning. The fire, dubbed the Sierra Fire, broke out about 10 p.m. near the intersection of Sierra and Riverside avenues and spread quickly amid the gusty Santa Ana winds blowing through the area. The fire was believed to have scorched 20 acres as of Tuesday night, but the acreage was increased to 147 acres by […]

  • Jason Coffman hands out roses on Nov. 13, 2018, to families during a vigil for the victims of the Thousand Oaks mass shooting. (Credit: KTLA)

    Hundreds Turn Out for Vigil Honoring Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims

    Hundreds of people turned out for a vigil Tuesday night to honor the twelve victims killed in last week’s mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. Many of those attending the Pepper Tree Playfield vigil in Newbury Park wore shirts that read “Thousand Oaks Strong.” The community is not only dealing with the tragic Nov. 7 shooting, but also the devastation left behind by the massive Woolsey Fire, which erupted the next day. Jason Coffman, the […]

  • The Woolsey Fire rages into its sixth night on Nov. 13, 2018, in the unincorporated Lake Sherwood area of Ventura County. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woolsey Fire Flare-Up Burns 1,000 Acres Near Lake Sherwood; Some Evacuation Orders Lifted in L.A. County

    The Woolsey Fire flared up Tuesday morning near Hidden Valley and Lake Sherwood in the Santa Monica Mountains, prompting new evacuation orders in Ventura County just as many others were being lifted in Los Angeles County. The blaze has been burning for six days along the Ventura-L.A. county line and has scorched more than 151 square miles, destroying at least 435 structures and claiming two lives in Malibu. It was about 40 percent contained as of late Tuesday after consuming […]