Ventura County

Residents flee as flames approach wealthy California enclave

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California's history toward the wealthy coastal enclave of Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles.<p>The mandatory evacuations around Montecito and neighboring Summerland on the …

California

Montecito besieged by monster fire: 'Nobody can fight the wind'

As the Thomas fire began to bear down on Montecito on Saturday morning, Darren Ceasar was packing up and getting ready to flee for a beachside hotel.<p>After burning for almost two weeks, the flames had finally arrived in his community, just a few miles north on Cold Springs Road.<p>The last time he had …

California

After the Los Angeles Wildfires, the Rich Will Rebuild Even Bigger

Infernos transformed Bel-Air and Malibu from bohemian communities into wealthy enclaves. Now they’re about to become even more rarefied.<p>By Oliver …

Zsa Zsa Gabor

West Wing actor Rob Lowe shares shocking photos as California wildfire spreads

Celebrities have shared their fears as a raging wildfire spread towards their homes and triggered a new wave of evacuations in a wealthy California …

News (Ireland)

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

Residents File Lawsuits Against Utilities As Wildfires Continue

The massive wildfire in California's Ventura and Santa Barbara counties continues to burn and destroy. Now residents are bringing lawsuits claiming utility companies are to blame.

News Industry

Officials announce procession plan for fallen local firefighter

Updated:Saturday, December 16 2017 6:21 PM EST2017-12-16 23:21:43 GMT<p>A five-county funeral procession will be held Sunday for a San Diego firefighter …

California

Former Yukoner helping people escape raging California fires

'It is just a nightmare right now, there's just so many people that have been affected,' says Rachel Jensen<p>Wednesday was supposed to be her day off, …

Northern Canada

Top 10 Places for a Family Vacation

San Juan Island, WA<p>Unwind on Washington's San Juan Island where there are as many wilderness activities as there are water sports. Book a cabin (or a …

High Sierra

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 …

Santa Barbara County

exclusive: mysterious instagram star miquela shares her first merch

The outspoken but enigmatic digitized musician also known as @lilmiquela talks to i-D about her first clothing collection.<p>Asking whether or not Miquela Sousa is “a real girl” is missing the point, and maybe also a bit passé in 2017. As the digitally enhanced online personality recently deadpanned …

Before-and-after photos show how Ventura County has been ravaged by the wildfire

Ventura, a bucolic seaside town on California's coast, has been utterly destroyed by the wildfires that have ravaged Southern California in recent weeks.<p>The Thomas Fire, which is burning over 240,000 acres as of Thursday, has leveled homes, apartments, and hospitals as it swept through Ventura. …

Science

Campaign for fallen firefighter tops $120K in 15 hours

A GoFundMe campaign for a North County firefighter who died Thursday fighting the massive Thomas fire in Ventura County has raised more than $120,000 …

21st Century Fox

Scripps research ship to sample wildfire ash falling in ocean off Ventura County

The research ship Sally Ride out of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography will head for the Santa Barbara Channel Saturday, where …

California

GOP congressman targeted by Democrats — and some of his constituents

<i>Incumbent Congressman Steve Knight is facing another tough race to keep his seat representing the 25th Congressional District covering parts of north</i> …

Elections

Utah Republican to Patagonia founder: Come testify before Congress

When President Trump announced he would shrink two national monuments in Utah designated by past Democratic administrations, Native American tribes and environmental groups responded by mounting lawsuits and protests against what they view as a culturally and environmentally detrimental, and …

U.S. Politics

Maps show Thomas fire is larger than many U.S. cities

The Thomas fire has consumed a quarter of a million acres and resulted in the death of a firefighter. The blaze began on Dec. 4 near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. It has become the fourth-largest fire in modern California history.<p>The boundary of the Thomas fire<p>The Thomas fire reached …

California

Toddler Dance Off |Temple Vandalized With Swastikas | OC Today

Firefighter Killed Fighting Thomas| Disney Deal | Heroin Delivery Service | Dr. Charged With Murdering Plastic Surgery Patient: OC Today<p>Share-worthy …

Los Angeles

Jet Set Go! Rimowa Celebrates Its Pop Up With Haute Travelers Pharrell and Alessandra Ambrosio in Los Angeles

While Los Angeles is combating wildfires, German luggage brand Rimowa is doing their part to help. After opening the doors to their North Rodeo Drive pop up in grand fashion — think Alessandra Ambrosio, Dita Von Teese, Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh — the brand donated a portion of their …

Pharrell Williams

North vs South, That Fading Rivalry

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p><i>California was once defined by the differences between Northern California and Southern California. But as the state grows and becomes more prosperous, has that begun to change? That question was put to Conor Dougherty, a Times</i> …

California

We Finally Know the Name of the California Driver Who Saved the Rabbit from Raging Wildfires

The motorist who risked his own life to save the scared animal is still trying to save her.<p>A California driver who pulled over on a wildfire-licked …

Bravo TV

Climate Point: Fires a sign of things to come

Welcome to the first edition of Climate Point, your weekly guide to climate change, energy and the environment. My name is Sammy Roth, and I'm a reporter for the USA TODAY Network in Southern California. Every week, I'll bring you the latest news on rising temperatures, renewable energy, public …

Climate

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

Wildfires Might Shorten Californians’ Lifespans

In 10 days since igniting, the Thomas Fire in Southern California hasburned through over 242,000 acres, cost more than $55 million, and destroyed …

Environment

Massive Thomas Fire Keeps Growing Despite All-Out Battle

More than a week after the Thomas fire ignited in Ventura County, destroying hundreds of homes and displacing thousands as it grew into a massive …

Santa Barbara County

Feds charge 16 in connection with drug delivery service

A pizza delivery-style drug ring that used a fleet of cars to fill telephone orders for heroin and cocaine operated out of Los Angeles

San Fernando Valley

Oregon Firefighters Battle Growing Thomas Fire In Southern California

All 15 strike teams from Oregon fire departments are still battling the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California, which as of Wednesday had grown to …

Oregon

How Wildfires Are Affecting Tourism in Southern California

The tourism industry in Southern California is starting to bounce back, albeit slowly, following the wildfires that materialized seemingly out of nowhere over the last two weeks and affected areas throughout the region.<p>Although the fires are still burning in less inhabited areas, they’re burning …

California

What is Congress doing to help California wildfire victims?

The wildfires that ravaged California have thawed partisanship among the state’s congressional delegation as lawmakers from both parties work to …

Hurricane Sandy