Kristina Bravo is a digital news producer for KTLA in Los Angeles.

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  • A mosquito is seen on a person's arm on Aug. 23, 2016, in Lille, France. (Credit: PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Mosquitoes With St. Louis Encephalitis Virus Found in Anaheim, Westminster for First Time Since 1987

    Mosquitoes found in Anaheim and Westminster have tested positive for a rare virus that can cause brain inflammation, officials announced Tuesday. It’s the first time mosquito samples from the area have been confirmed to carry the St. Louis encephalitis virus  since 1987, according to the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District. The agency said the infected insects were collected from a residential area in Anaheim on Dale and Orange avenues and Old Bolsa Chica Road in Westminster. Most people […]

  • Participants of the Ventura Training Center Firefighter Training and Reentry Program appear in a photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Oct. 14, 2019.

    Parolees Help Battle Saddleridge Fire as Part of New Reentry Program in Ventura County

    A new program designed to help former offenders pursue a career in firefighting made its first deployment over the weekend to help battle the Saddleridge Fire in the San Fernando Valley. The Ventura Training Center Firefighter Training and Reentry Program began teaching its first class of participants in October 2018, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which developed the project with Calfire and the California Conservation Corps. The 18-month program in Camarillo provides advanced training in firefighting […]

  • A firefighting helicopter works the Saddleridge Fire as smoke blows over homes on Oct. 11, 2019 near Porter Ranch. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    8,000-Acre Saddleridge Fire Is 33% Contained as Winds Weaken in San Fernando Valley

    Firefighters battling the massive Saddleridge Fire that exploded in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday and forced the evacuation of thousands of homes made progress overnight with the weakening of the Santa Ana winds. The size of the blaze grew slightly to just under 8,000 acres, or 12.5 square miles, and was 33% contained, fire officials announced Saturday evening. #SaddleRidgefire; 10/12/19 PM Update; 7965 acres 33% contained. All evacuations have been lifted. #LAFD #LACoFD #ANF #LAPD #LASD Details: […]

  • Eyad Jarjour looks at his neighbor's burned residence after flames from the Saddleridge Fire tore through Granada Hills on Oct. 11, 2019. (Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

    All Saddleridge Fire Evacuation Orders Lifted, Officials Allow Residents to Return to Their Homes

    All evacuation orders were lifted and authorities have started allowing residents return to their homes after the Saddleridge Fire ignited in Sylmar on Thursday evening and exploded to burn more than 12 square miles. The specific amount of destruction remained unclear as assessment teams continued their work Saturday, Los Angeles fire Capt. Branden Silverman said. But the agency estimates that the fire has damaged or destroyed about 31 structures, including around 25 homes. “As you repopulate the previously evacuated areas we […]

  • Fire rises over the Newhall Pass on Oct. 12, 2019. (Credit: Sky5)

    Freeways Reopen in San Fernando Valley After Saddleridge Fire Forced Closures

    Officials have started reopening freeways after the Saddleridge Fire exploded in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday evening. The following freeways are open as of Saturday morning, according to Caltrans: I-5 I-210 I-405 118 Freeway 14 Freeway NB 5 truck route The truck routes in the following freeways remain closed: SB 5 SB 14 to SB 5 NB 5 to NB 14 Caltrans said weather conditions could change and urged people to check before they hit the road. #SaddleridgeFire as […]

  • Crews respond to a man in cardiac arrest during the Saddleridge Fire, which broke out on Oct. 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Dies of Cardiac Arrest in Saddleridge Fire That Ignited in Sylmar

    One person has died in the massive Saddleridge Fire that ignited in Sylmar Thursday night, officials said Friday. A civilian male individual suffered a cardiac arrest and died, Los Angeles fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said at a Friday morning news conference. Crews tried to save his life, but the victim ultimately died at the hospital, according to the Fire Department. Authorities have not identified that victim, but a resident who lives in the area of the 11000 block of Thunderbird […]

  • Wind whips through the area as firefighters fight impending flames during the Saddleridge Fire in the Porter Ranch on Oct. 11, 2019. (Credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

    Red Flag Warning Extended Through Saturday for Parts of L.A., Ventura Counties, But Winds Expected to Diminish

    Forecasters have extended a red flag warning for the mountain and valley communities of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as a massive fire devastated the San Fernando Valley on Friday, but they said winds are expected to die down. Those communities should continue to expect dangerous fire conditions to continue through 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Meanwhile, the red flag warning for coastal areas, the San Gabriel Valley and the mountain and valley communities of San […]

  • A man and a woman are seen in Calimesa on Oct. 11, 2019 after the Sandalwood Fire broke out the day before. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sandalwood Fire: Woman, 89, Found Dead in Mobile Home After 823-Acre Blaze Destroys Community in Calimesa

    One person was found dead and two remain unaccounted for after a blaze, ignited by a burning load of trash yesterday afternoon, destroyed dozens of residences in Calimesa, officials said Friday. The Sandalwood Fire has burned 823 acres, or about 1.28 square miles, and was 10% contained, according to CalFire Riverside. Although authorities have not identified the person found dead, family members feared the victim may be their relative, 89-year-old Lois Arvickson. The Associated Press previously reported she was missing. No other […]

  • Firefighters at Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 150 in Santa Clarita stand on high alert on Oct. 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Nearly 13,000 SCE Customers in SoCal Without Power as Red Flag Warnings Take Effect

    Southern California Edison shut off power in parts of L.A., Ventura, San Bernardino and Kern counties Thursday as part of a statewide effort to prevent wildfires amid windy and dry weather conditions. About 12,900 customers have had their service cut as of noon, according to the utility: Kern County Tehachapi Unincorporated communities of Bird Springs, Horse Canyon, Loraine, Sand Canyon and Twin Oaks Los Angeles County Palmdale Unincorporated communities of Agua Dulce and Acton, Boiling Point, White Heather Unincorporated communities […]

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