How to Help Those Affected by SoCal Brush Fires
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Melissa Pamer is KTLA’s executive producer, digital. She joined the station as a senior digital news producer in 2013, became digital managing editor in 2016 and assumed her current role in 2018.

She previously worked as a digital media producer for KNBC, and as a newspaper reporter covering local government, education and the environment for the Los Angeles Daily News, the Daily Breeze and other Los Angeles-area papers.

She has a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California.


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  • The Woolsey Fire burns along the ridgeline off of Cornell Road near Paramount Ranch on the morning of November 9, 2018 in Agoura Hills, California. (Credit: Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)

    Electrical Circuit Went Down 2 Minutes Before Woolsey Fire Was Reported, SoCal Edison Says

    Southern California Edison reported to the California Public Utilities Commission that an electrical circuit outage occurred just two minutes before the first flames of what would become the Woolsey Fire were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and Edison said there was no indication from fire officials that its equipment may have been involved in the start of the blaze. The fire was reported at 2:24 p.m. Nov. 8 on the Santa Susana Field Lab property […]

  • Los Angeles County fire Chief Daryl Osby speaks at a news conference on the Woolsey Fire on Nov. 12, 2018. (CreditL: KTLA)

    Trump’s Comments on California Wildfires ‘Hurtful’ to First Responders, L.A. County Fire Chief Says

    President Donald Trump’s comments about wildfires in California – apparently faulting the the state for destructive infernos – were “hurtful,” Los Angeles County’s fire chief said Monday. As the massive Woolsey Fire continued for a fifth day, Chief Daryl Osby was asked at a late morning news conference about Trump’s weekend tweets that repeatedly faulted “forest management” in California. “I don’t really want to politicize our efforts right now,” Osby said. “I can just tell you we’re in extreme climate […]

  • Seminole Springs mobile home park appears devastated by the Woolsey Fire on Nov. 11, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park, Next to Iconic Rock Store, Devastated by Woolsey Fire

    Much of the Seminole Springs mobile home park along scenic Mulholland Highway appears to have burned as the Woolsey Fire left a path of destruction through the Santa Monica Mountains. Aerial video from Sky5 showed that many dozens of units were destroyed at the park, which is resident-owned. Seminole Springs is next to the iconic century-old Rock Store, a bar and restaurant that’s popular weekend destination for motorcyclists. The Rock Store, which was once a stagecoach stop, appeared to have survived […]

  • A 2012 photo shows part of the Western Town at Paramount Ranch. (Credit: National Park Service)

    Western Town at Paramount Ranch, Filming Location Since 1927, Burns in Woolsey Fire: NPS

    The Woolsey Fire has destroyed a tourist icon in the Santa Monica Mountains: Paramount Ranch, a Western-style town in Agoura where many films and televisions shows were shot. The National Park Service announced just before noon Friday that the “Western Town” burned. “We do not have any details or photos, but it is our understanding that the structures have burned. This area is an active part of the incident and we cannot access it,” the park service’s Santa Monica Mountains […]

  • The edge of the Woolsey Fire burns near Bell Canyon, close to West Hills, on Nov. 8, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mandatory Evacuation in West Hills Marks 1st Within L.A. City Limits for Woolsey Fire

    Los Angeles authorities on Friday evening ordered the mandatory evacuation for part of West Hills, the first neighborhood within L.A. city limits to be affected by such an order in the growing Woolsey Fire. The evacuation order was for all homes west of Valley Circle Boulevard with from Roscoe Boulevard at the north end and south to Vanowen Street. Three Red Cross evacuation center have been opened in the city of L.A.: Taft Charter High at 5461 Winnetka Ave. in […]

  • Embers are blown by strong winds roaring sound during the Woolsey Fire on Nov. 9, 2018, in Malibu. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

    Short Lull in Winds Expected to Aid Firefighters Before Fierce Santa Anas Return Sunday

    Exhausted firefighters working in Los Angeles and Ventura counties are hoping that a lull in the winds Friday night and Saturday will give crews time to catch rest and increase containment on the 55-square-mile Woolsey Fire. But any reprieve is likely to be brief, with Santa Ana winds expected to increase Sunday morning. A red flag warning for the region has been extended through Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service announced. Firefighters want to increase their perimeter control on Saturday, […]

  • Tyler Turquand holds photos on his neighbor's sons after the neighbor's Calabasas house burned down in the Woolsey Fire on Nov. 9, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘This Whole Situation Is Overwhelming,’ Says Calabasas Man Who Saw Neighbor’s Home Burn

    When the sun rose through the smoke on Friday morning, Tyler Turquand thought his Calabasas neighborhood had made it safely through the devastation of the Woolsey Fire. That changed within minutes. Relative calm became chaos. Flames jumped from a ridgeline to the land above homes across the street from Turquand’s own. “A gigantic wall of flame” came down and began eating into the homes along Parkmor Road. “I couldn’t get out of here quick enough. I thought we had a […]

  • Firefighters work among the charred remains of homes along Parkmor Road in Calabasas on Nov. 9, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woolsey Fire Leaves Homes Destroyed in Calabasas Neighborhood, Residents ‘Stunned’

    A washing machine standing alone, the walls that once stood around it burned to the ground. A see-through dining room, surrounded still-rising smoke, charred vegetation and pools of water. A pickup truck charred in a driveway, apparently ready to evacuate. Those are the sights along Parkmor Road in Calabasas, north of the 101 Freeway. Within a few hundred yards, at least five homes appeared destroyed or seriously damaged by the Woolsey Fire, though many were spared – seemingly randomly. Firefighters […]

  • The Hill Fire burns along Santa Rosa Road on Nov. 8, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Santa Ana Winds Could Push Hill Fire All the Way to the Pacific Ocean, Ventura County Fire Official Says

    A quick-moving wildfire that started Thursday afternoon in the Santa Rosa Valley jumped the 101 Freeway and is likely to head all the way to the Pacific Ocean amid high winds, the Ventura County incident commander said. The Hill Fire has prompted mandatory evacuations affecting at least 1,200 homes  – and forced the closure of the busy 101 Freeway, which is likely to remain off-limits to traffic overnight. Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu was under a mandatory evacuation order. […]