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  • California's salmon industry fears it will be wiped out by Trump

    California's salmon industry fears it will be wiped out by Trump

    Heather Sears has been fishing for salmon out of this unassuming coastal community for nearly two decades. This year, for the first time since she arrived in 1999, she won’t be going out to sea. “I just didn’t think we’d have much fish this year,” she was telling me in a chilly backroom of her...

  • 143-mph 'fire tornado' that cut a path of destruction is an ominous sign of the future

    143-mph 'fire tornado' that cut a path of destruction is an ominous sign of the future

    As authorities sifted the rubble from the fire that burned more than 1,000 residences in Shasta County, they were startled by what they encountered. A soaring transmission tower was tipped over. Tiles were torn off the roofs of homes. Massive trees were uprooted. Vehicles were moved. In one spot,...

  • Essential California: Hollywood's new normal?

    Essential California: Hollywood's new normal?

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Aug. 2, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Once indulgent of major talent, studios and corporations are reacting to social media storms swiftly and radically. ABC fired Roseanne Barr in May...

  • New fires threaten homes in Northern California's El Dorado County, taxing firefighter resources

    New fires threaten homes in Northern California's El Dorado County, taxing firefighter resources

    New brush fires, including one threatening homes in El Dorado County, broke out Wednesday, further straining the efforts of overloaded firefighters who are trying to keep up. The Omega fire was one of three in burning in the Sierra foothills that sparked evacuations. It had burned more than 30...

  • Many parts of Southern California broke heat records for July

    Many parts of Southern California broke heat records for July

    Searing temperatures plagued many parts of Southern California during the month of July as a massive heat wave set records in Death Valley, Los Angeles, Long Beach and other areas, according to the National Weather Service. All-time average record highs in July were reported at Long Beach Airport...

  • A new normal for California: Destructive wildfires throughout the state

    A new normal for California: Destructive wildfires throughout the state

    This is the new normal: There are 17 serious wildfires burning throughout California, including one of the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history. Firefighters this month have been laboring under triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions to gain control over fires that have burned...

  • At least 8 dead as wildfires continue to rage across California

    At least 8 dead as wildfires continue to rage across California

    Authorities on Monday were hoping that a slight break in the heat this week could help them gain control of a number of wildfires that have so far scorched more than 200,000 acres and killed eight people across California. The Carr fire, which erupted in Shasta County a week ago and spread into...

  • Death toll mounts as wildfires rage across California

    Death toll mounts as wildfires rage across California

    The death toll from the state’s wildfires continued to mount Sunday, with eight fatalities now reported from blazes burning in Shasta County and near Yosemite National Park. In Mariposa County, where firefighters have spent weeks battling the Ferguson fire, officials reported that a firefighter...

  • Death toll in wildfire near Redding climbs to six as firefighters struggle to slow 89,000-acre blaze

    Death toll in wildfire near Redding climbs to six as firefighters struggle to slow 89,000-acre blaze

    The body of another victim of a massive wildfire burning in Shasta County was recovered Sunday, bringing the total number of fatalities to six, including two firefighters, authorities said. The identity of the victim or any other details about how the person died were not immediately available,...

  • At least 2 dead, scores of homes lost as fire sweeps through Redding

    At least 2 dead, scores of homes lost as fire sweeps through Redding

    A destructive wildfire in Northern California nearly doubled in size by Friday afternoon, killing at least two people — including a city firefighter — and burning dozens of homes in Redding as residents ran for their lives. The Carr fire, driven east by 30-mph winds, hopscotched into subdivisions,...

  • California's catastrophic year of wildfires worsens with Redding destruction

    California's catastrophic year of wildfires worsens with Redding destruction

    California’s grim year of fire destruction just got worse. The Carr fire, which has destroyed countless homes in Redding and killed at least two people, is the latest inferno to spread from wildlands into urban areas, fueled by extreme heat and winds. Last fall, Northern California’s wine country...

  • 5 homes destroyed and thousands evacuated in suspected arson near Idyllwild

    5 homes destroyed and thousands evacuated in suspected arson near Idyllwild

    A suspected arson fire that erupted in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild continued to spread Thursday as a second, smaller fire ignited just miles away and required the diversion of some firefighting resources. The Cranston fire was deliberately set, authorities say, by a 32-year-old Temecula...

  • L.A. and Southern California sizzle as 'heat dome' blankets Western U.S.

    L.A. and Southern California sizzle as 'heat dome' blankets Western U.S.

    As he stood on the roof of a theater under construction in Leimert Park, David Rubalcava wore no more valuable piece of protective gear than his Ray Ban sunglasses. He judged the midday heat on Tuesday as uncomfortable but not too bad — yet. Instead, Rubalcava worried more about how the sun reflected...

  • Inspired by Legacy Park, a Malibu couple remove their lawn and start over

    Inspired by Legacy Park, a Malibu couple remove their lawn and start over

    For East Coast transplant Scott Flor, lush green lawns recall his Pennsylvania home. “I like grass,” Flor admits. “I even enjoy mowing the lawn. My sons played a lot of soccer and football on our lawn in Malibu.” When his two sons grew up, however, and they no longer needed the lawn surrounding...

  • Essential California: Going beyond the greenhouse gas headlines

    Essential California: Going beyond the greenhouse gas headlines

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter — the first one written from the Los Angeles Times’ new home in El Segundo! It’s Tuesday, July 24, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES California hit its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions four years...

  • Los Angeles County faces '96 hours of hot temperatures' in heat wave, forecaster warns

    Los Angeles County faces '96 hours of hot temperatures' in heat wave, forecaster warns

    Health officials issued a heat alert for Los Angeles County’s inland valleys Monday, warning that a multiday heat wave expected for Southern California this week will put the community’s most vulnerable residents at risk. Temperatures aren’t expected to be quite as blistering as they were during...

  • Ferguson fire continues destructive path toward Yosemite National Park

    Ferguson fire continues destructive path toward Yosemite National Park

    The Ferguson fire continued its march toward Yosemite National Park this weekend, growing significantly to more than 32,000 acres and prompting the closure of some campgrounds and roads. The fast-spreading fire has been burning in the Sierra Nevada for days, consuming dry brush and dead trees while...

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