Santa Barbara County

Firefighter killed in Thomas fire died from burns and smoke inhalation, autopsy shows

Cory Iverson, the firefighter who was killed while battling the Thomas fire, died of burns and smoke inhalation, the Ventura County Medical Examiner Office said Saturday.<p>Iverson, 32, was assigned to the blaze as a part of a strike team from the California Department of Forestry and Fire …

California

California Wildfires Spread: Thomas Fire Mandates Santa Barbara Evacs, Threatens Montecito Celebrity Homes

Santa Barbara County and the celebrity haven of Montecito are under new evaculation orders this morning, as winds picked up and spread the Thomas …

California

Mandatory Santa Barbara Evacuations Ordered Saturday

The news evacuations were ordered Saturday due to the Thomas Fire.<p>SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA — A new mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the …

California

When The Fire Comes And There's No Home To Evacuate And Nowhere To Go

How the Thomas fire is affecting an already vulnerable homeless community.<p>In some parts of Santa Barbara County, the Thomas fire has caused apocalyptic scenes. Ash is everywhere, the air is smoky and there’s a persistent pink haze to the light that is like a constant dusk.<p>The Thomas fire erupted …

California

Santa Barbara zoo prepares to evacuate over Thomas Fire

The Santa Barbara Zoo prepared to evacuate animals on Saturday after raging wildfires in southern California put the zoo in a voluntary evacuation …

California

Southern California Wildfire Grows, Prompts New Evacuations

Authorities in Southern California have carried out a new round of evacuations as high winds push the raging Thomas Fire closer to homes in Santa …

California

5 things you need to know this weekend

Christmas has come a couple weeks early for college football fans as bowl season kicks off with a slate of five games on Saturday. The action begins with the R+L Carriers New Orleans bowl, featuring Troy and North Texas (1 p.m. ET, ESPN), then continues with Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State in …

Maya Rudolph

The Week in Pictures: Dec. 8 - 15

Peeking through<p>Buildings pierce through clouds as morning fog and air pollution shroud Skopje, Macedonia, on Dec. 15.<p>The city was almost brought to a standstill after a second day of heavy pollution.<p>— Robert Atanasovski / AFP - Getty Images<p>Share<p>Harrowing accounts<p>A 17-year-old woman who says she was …

World News

Deadly California wildfire continues to grow despite calmer winds

Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles but the blaze continued to surge west, endangering thousands of homes, as forecasts called for a renewal of gusty winds.<p>The so-called Thomas Fire, the fourth-largest …

California

Katy Perry Sings 'Happy Birthday' to Mom With 10,000 Backup Singers

<b>Katy Perry</b> knows how to make her mom feel special on her birthday -- get an entire concert audience to sing to her live on a ridiculously huge …

Celebrity News

Wildfires continue to rage across Southern California

California

Thomas Fire: Threat Resurges in Santa Barbara, Ventura With Return of Powerful Winds

Thousands of firefighters battling the massive Thomas fire braced for the return of powerful winds Friday that could again endanger communities, even …

California

California's Thomas wildfire enters its second week – in pictures

Thomas fire, the largest of the blazes burning in southern California, has engulfed more than 900 buildings, including at least 700 homes, since it broke out on 4 December. The fifth biggest wildfire in state history, Thomas has forced thousands of people to flee the area. Officials are warning …

Photography

Without Tourists and Customers, Ojai Businesses Face a Tough Holiday

Businesses in Ojai are eager to reopen, but many face delays as they clean up in the wake of the massive Thomas Fire.

Travel

Here’s What To Get Your Coworker You Barely Know For Secret Santa Swap

Uber Gift Card<p>Maybe I'm boring, but I would LOVE a practical gift that made my life easier, like an Uber gift card.<p>Varies at Target.com<p>Dana’s Bakery …

Christmas

Smoke Blankets Santa Barbara County, Not Everyone Can Evacuate

Wildfires have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of Southern California. Residents who resisted calls to evacuate talk about living through the fires, and what "the new normal" looks like.

California

Steve Martin give Portland Fire & Rescue a shout-out for battling California blaze

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Portland Fire & Rescue and other firefighting agencies received some gratitude Thursday from comedy legend Steve …

Portland, OR

Gov. Jerry Brown warns climate change has us 'on the road to hell.' California's wildfires show he's on to something

When he’s lecturing about climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown sounds like a street-corner preacher shouting: “Repent. Change your ways. The end is near.”<p>I envision him in a sackcloth robe, arms flailing and chanting at the wind.<p>But it’s nearly Christmas and wicked wildfires are devastating California …

California

Christmas Cold Wave Coming - Dangers of Hypothermia

Yes, these are the "good 'ol days", at least in terms of tolerable temperatures. Highs reach the 30s from this weekend into Wednesday of next week, …

Weather

Fierce fight along Santa Barbara coast as fire threat eases in Ventura

Robin Willis sprayed her garden hose at the eaves of her backyard patio, soaking the wooden beams with water.<p>Authorities had evacuated her Montecito neighborhood two days earlier as the Thomas fire neared, but the 68-year-old and her brother, who lives across the street, had since returned and now …

California

Fed hikes its key interest rate again and sharply increases next year's economic growth forecast

Federal Reserve monetary policymakers on Wednesday nudged up their key interest rate again and sharply increased their forecast for the economy's …

Economy

As the Thomas fire burned closer, he worked to save a cherished Carpinteria ranch

For Arnulfo Basave, life on a Carpinteria ranch filled with avocado and fruit trees has been sweet.<p>The former avocado picker was hired years ago at the ranch off Stanley Park Road, where he manages the property, prunes the trees and hires laborers to pick the fruit.<p>For more than 20 years, he and …

California

Archbishop Gomez: Find God's voice in the flames

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 13, 2017 / 03:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While fires in southern California continue to threaten thousands of homes, Archbishop …

Catholicism

10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, TSLA)

Here is what you need to know.<p><b>The Federal Reserve meets.</b> The US central bank is widely expected to raise its key interest rate by 25 basis points to a range of 1.25% to 1.50% at the conclusion of Wednesday's meeting.<p><b>Roy Moore loses in Alabama.</b> The Democrat Doug Jones was declared the winner in the …

Business

In fire-ravaged Coffey Park, Christmas spirit brightens the darkness

SANTA ROSA — He started with 30 strands of Christmas lights, a Secret Santa trying to bring a little holiday cheer to the ashy remains of Coffey …

Christmas

Essential California: Cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked Skirball fire

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s <b>Wednesday, Dec. 13,</b> and here’s what’s happening across California:<p><b>TOP STORIES</b><p><b>Skirball fire’s origins</b><p><b>The fire that destroyed six homes and damaged a dozen others in Bel-Air last week was caused by a cooking fire at a nearby</b> …

California

Working in farm fields during wildfire: 'It was full of smoke'

<i>Farm worker Amadeo Sumano takes a photo of himself in Oxnard strawberry fields. Sumano said he was lucky to get a mask during the Thomas Fire but</i> …

Ventura County

B.C.-based water bombers protecting California homes

State’s 'aggressive' approach to wildfires working, according to Vancouver Island-based Coulson Air<p>As crews battle California wildfires that have …

Santa Ana

As Wildfires Rage, So. California Booksellers Struggle to Stay Open

As the Southern California Thomas wildfire rages through Ventura County into Santa Barbara County, filling the air with smoke and ash, some indie …

Ventura County

Cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked Bel-Air fire that destroyed homes, officials say

The fire that destroyed six homes and damaged a dozen others in Bel-Air last week was caused by a cooking fire at a nearby homeless encampment, Los …

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