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Nouran Salahieh is a part-time digital news producer at KTLA. She graduated from the University of Southern California with an M.S. in journalism in 2018. Before moving to L.A., Nouran lived in the United Arab Emirates, where she got her bachelor’s degree in communications from the American University in Dubai and reported on women’s issues and the exotic animal trade. She is fluent in English and Arabic.

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  • Flames heat up high power lines at the Saddleridge Fire on Oct. 11, 2019, near Newhall. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

    Saddleridge Fire Started Beneath SoCal Edison High-Voltage Transmission Tower: LAFD Investigators

    Authorities on Monday confirmed that the Saddleridge Fire started beneath a high-voltage transmission tower in the Sylmar area before spreading to consume thousands of acres. Though it’s unclear what sparked the blaze, investigators narrowed down its origin to a small patch under the Southern California Edison-owned power lines, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Fanned by strong Santa Ana winds, the blaze scorched 8,391 acres, or just over 13 square miles of land, damaged or destroyed 75 structures, blanketed […]

  • A Porter Ranch student wears a mask handed out at his school on Oct. 14, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Absolutely Atrocious’: Teachers, Parents Complain of Ash at Granada Hills, Porter Ranch Schools Near Saddleridge Fire

    As the Saddleridge Fire ripped through the San Fernando Valley, it sent thick smoke billowing over neighborhoods and ash filling the air for days while the flames raged. The wind-driven blaze, which scorched about 12 square miles of land and damaged dozens of structures in its path, prompted the Los Angeles Unified School District to close dozens of nearby schools and dismiss students early at several others on Friday. The district announced Sunday that almost all schools would reopen and […]

  • The Sandalwood Fire leaves several homes destroyed at a mobile home park in Calimesa on Oct. 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sandalwood Fire: Firefighters Fully Contain 1,000-Acre Blaze That Destroyed Calimesa Community

    Firefighters had the fatal Sandalwood Fire 100% contained Monday evening as they continued to battle the blaze that destroyed dozens of residences in Calimesa and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Authorities said the fire ignited when a garbage truck driver dumped burning trash in the area of Calimesa Boulevard and Sandalwood Drive Thursday afternoon, and the flames spread to nearby vegetation and into the Calimesa Mobile Home Park. The blaze scorched […]

  • A helicopter drops water to help fight flames during the Saddleridge Fire in Porter Ranch on Oct. 11, 2019.(Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)

    Saddleridge Fire: Residents Told to Be Cautious Returning to San Fernando Valley Homes as Crews Battle 8,000-Acre Blaze

    After three days of continuous firefighting, crews had the Saddleridge Fire 41% contained Sunday morning as winds slowed down in the San Fernando Valley, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The blaze scorched 7,965 acres, or 12.4 square miles of land, damaged or destroyed 32 structures, blanketed neighborhoods with thick smoke and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. One Porter Ranch man who tried to douse the flames with a garden hose died of a heart […]

  • The scene of a fatal shooting in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 12, 2019. (Credit: RMG News)

    Man Shot and Killed Inside Car Near Downtown L.A. Hotel; Police Searching for 2 Suspects

    A man in his 20s was shot and killed in a car outside a downtown Los Angeles hotel near Staples Center Saturday night, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officers responded to the area of Francisco Street and James M Wood Boulevard at about 9:45 p.m. and found the victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound, authorities said. Investigators believe that two people approached the man while he was sitting in his car and shots were fired, police said. […]

  • The spot where a garbage truck dumped a burning load, sparking the Sandalwood Fire that destroyed several residences in Calimesa on Oct. 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sandalwood Fire: 2nd Death Reported as Containment Grows to 68% in 1,000-Acre Blaze That Destroyed Calimesa Community

    Another body was found inside a burned Calimesa mobile home as firefighters battled the more than 1,000-acre Sandalwood Fire, bringing the death toll up to two people, authorities said Saturday. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said the unidentified body was found when officers were trying to evacuate the homes Friday evening. Firefighters raised containment of the fatal blaze up to 68% Saturday evening a they continued battling the fire that destroyed dozens of residences in Calimesa, according to the Riverside […]

  • The Saddleridge Fire burns in Porter Ranch on Oct. 12, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Winds Expected to Shift, Weaken as Firefighters Battle 7,500-Acre Saddleridge Fire in San Fernando Valley

    As firefighters worked to contain a devastating 8,500-acre wildfire cutting through the San Fernando Valley Saturday, forecasters said the Santa Ana winds fanning the flames are expected to weaken. A combination of gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity prompted officials to extend a Red Flag Warning for the mountain and valley communities of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph are expected, though forecasters […]

  • The Saddleridge Fire burns homes on Oct. 11, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Saddleridge Fire: Authorities Identify Porter Ranch Man Who Died of Cardiac Arrest Trying to Protect Home From Flames

    Authorities on Saturday identified the Porter Ranch man who died trying to protect his home from approaching flames as the Saddleridge Fire raged, burning 7,542 acres and destroying homes in the San Fernano Valley. Aiman Elsabbagh, 54, was trying to douse the flames with a garden hose in the 11000 block of Thunderbird Avenue when he went into cardiac arrest, his neighbors told KTLA. The father of two was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, officials said Friday. […]

  • A ride share driver picks up passengers at O'Hare Airport on April 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    L.A. City Council President Proposes $30 Per Hour Wages for Uber, Lyft Drivers

    City Council President Herb Wesson is proposing to raise the minimum wage for Los Angeles rideshare drivers to at least $30 per hour. The measure would require Uber and Lyft to provide a $15 per hour payment to drivers, in addition to at least another $15 per hour for operating expenses like gas, insurance and wear-and-tear on vehicles, Wesson said in a news release Tuesday. “The flexibility that a ridesharing gig provides should not serve as an excuse for short-changing […]

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