Southern California Fires Live Updates: Ventura Fire Causes Havoc As Winds Push Flames Toward Ojai, Santa Barbara Coastal Communities

Southern California wildfires trigger mass destruction, hurting families, economy

Thousands of people in Southern California have been forced to evacuate as wind-whipped wildfires continue to blaze across Ventura County. Officials said the so-called “Thomas Fire,” which started on Dec. 4 about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los ...

Thomas Fire in Southern California joins list of destructive blazes in the state

A wildfire in Southern California, dubbed the Thomas Fire, is now the fourth largest in state history. The fire has scorched 256,000 acres and destroyed 1,009 structures, according to officials. The blaze, which is 35 percent contained, also threatens ...

Thomas Fire: Powerful winds threaten to fuel blaze in Southern California

Firefighters battling the Thomas Fire will face more challenges Saturday with the return of powerful winds as the blaze marks a grim milestone in size. Since the massive blaze broke out 12 days ago, it has killed a firefighter and a woman trying to evacuate.

Fire rages in Southern California as 35 mph winds raise red flags in Bay Area

Above: In 2007, Los Angeles Council member Tom LaBonge and a Park Ranger assist John Loa, a 96- year-old survivor of the devastating 1933 Griffith Park brushfire. Loa was one of a small crew of six fighting the fire beneath their feet when they were ...

Essential California: Lessons learned up North helped in battling Southern California infernos

The wine country fires that ravaged Northern California in October and the firestorm in Southern California this month have capped the most destructive year for fires in state history. The wine country fires have been far more destructive, killing 41 ...

Our Voice: Lessons taken as wildfires ravage Southern California

The wildfires raging across Southern California have plenty of important lessons for those who call the Golden State home as well as those who set policy for the nation. As of Wednesday morning, the fires that erupted in recent days had burned nearly ...

Travel Alert December 2017: Southern California Wildfires

The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8:00 in the evening Pacific Standard Time; and the mountains in Santa Barbara County have also been under ...

Fire in Southern California Threatening Another City

The so-called Thomas fire is only 15 percent contained, now threatening the city of Santa Barbara and the nearby coastal town of Carpinteria, and is on track to become one of the worst wildfires in California history. (Photo: AFP / MARK RALSTON) California ...

200000 people flee wildfires in southern California

US 101 along the coast was intermittently closed, as were several highways in and around the Ventura County resort town of Ojai (OH'-hi), where most of the 7,000 residents are under evacuation orders. A more favorable wind forecast still called for ...

Winds temporarily calm on lines of Southern California wildfire

SANTA BARBARA — Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles but forecasters warned that conditions would remain dry and warm and the respite from gusts would only be ...