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200 Los Angeles County firefighters battle 60-acre blaze in Gorman

Los Angeles County firefighters are battling a 60-acre blaze along the 5 Freeway in Gorman, authorities said Tuesday. The fire was reported just north of State Route 138 about 1 p.m. About 200 firefighters, three helicopters and a fixed wing aircraft were trying to extinguish the flames, which...

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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Miami Dolphins slinger Matt Moore buys Mark-Paul Gosselaar's ex-home

    Miami Dolphins slinger Matt Moore buys Mark-Paul Gosselaar's ex-home

    Professional football player Matt Moore and his wife, Tara, have purchased an estate in Castaic for $1.525 million. The home, built in 1991, was previously owned by film and television actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Sited on more than seven acres in Hasley Canyon, the property features a Victorian-style...

  • Divers find evidence of second victim in Pyramid Lake accident

    Divers find evidence of second victim in Pyramid Lake accident

    Law enforcement authorities said Tuesday that evidence indicates a second man was on a boat that sank in Pyramid Lake and claimed the life of a 52-year-old West Covina man. Rich Tanovan was found by deputies Sunday floating near the partially submerged vessel on the south end of the lake, the Los...

  • Second man may have been involved in fatal Pyramid Lake accident

    Second man may have been involved in fatal Pyramid Lake accident

    Sheriff’s officials were conducting an underwater search for a second man who may have been involved in a fatal boating accident Sunday morning at Pyramid Lake north of Castaic, authorities said. One man was confirmed dead earlier Sunday after deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department...

  • At least one dead in apparent Pyramid Lake boating accident

    At least one dead in apparent Pyramid Lake boating accident

    One man is confirmed dead and authorities were searching for additional victims in a possible boating accident at Pyramid Lake near Castaic, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. A person on a jet ski flagged down a deputy about noon Sunday to inform him of a boat that was overturned...

  • 6 people, including 2 children, badly hurt in Grapevine crash

    6 people, including 2 children, badly hurt in Grapevine crash

    An SUV driven by a fatigued motorist crashed into a minivan on the Grapevine section of the 5 Freeway near Gorman on Sunday evening, critically injuring two children and four adults, the California Highway Patrol said. All six suffered major injuries and were taken by helicopter to three hospitals,...

  • Possible human remains discovered near Gorman brushfire

    Possible human remains discovered near Gorman brushfire

    L.A. County sheriff's detectives are investigating a possible homicide after remains that might be human  were found Saturday near the site of a brushfire in Gorman, authorities said. Detectives were called to Ridge Route Road south of California 138 in Gorman to investigate. A sheriff's spokeswoman...

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    Gorman brush fire

  • Super Scoopers drop water on 30-acre brush fire in Gorman
    Super Scoopers drop water on 30-acre brush fire in Gorman

    A brush fire broke out in Gorman on Friday afternoon. Fire officials say it is threatening some structures.

    The 30-acre Pine fire is burning south of California 138 near Quail Lake. The California Highway Patrol shut down the Old Ridge Route south of the highway "due to heavy fire" and urged people...

  • Northbound Interstate 5 in Gorman reopens after big rig crash
    Northbound Interstate 5 in Gorman reopens after big rig crash

    Authorities have begun to reopen northbound Interstate 5 in Gorman after three big rigs collided, shutting down the highway during the Tuesday morning rush hour.

    Two northbound lanes were reopened about 9:30 a.m. at Highway 138, said California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Jobinger.

    All northbound...

  • Big rig crash shuts down northbound Interstate 5 at Gorman
    Big rig crash shuts down northbound Interstate 5 at Gorman

    All northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed at Highway 138 early Tuesday after three big rigs collided in Gorman, sending metal beams across the highway and seriously injuring one driver.

    The California Highway Patrol closed northbound lanes after the crash about 1:30 a.m. Monday. Some lanes...

  • Missing student's family still holding out hope
    Missing student's family still holding out hope

    Bryce Laspisa's wrecked Toyota was found near Castaic Lake three weeks ago, but an extensive search has been unsuccessful. His parents and friends are still seeking answers.

  • Active search for missing teen at Castaic Lake called off
    Active search for missing teen at Castaic Lake called off

    Authorities have called off an active search at Castaic Lake for Bryce Laspisa, the college student whose sport utility vehicle was found in the area after he was reported missing.

    The decision, relayed to Laspisa's family on Tuesday, caps weeks of searching on land, underwater and from the air. 

    ...

  • Burned body found near Castaic Lake is not missing teen, coronor says
    Burned body found near Castaic Lake is not missing teen, coronor says

    A body found burning near Castaic Lake is not that of missing college student Bryce Laspisa, whose SUV was found in the area, officials said.

    Laspisa, 19, was traveling home from college to visit family in Laguna Niguel before he disappeared on Aug. 30. According to authorities, Laspisa had called...

  • Autopsy still pending for burned body found near Castaic Lake
    Autopsy still pending for burned body found near Castaic Lake

    The Los Angeles County coroner has not yet scheduled an autopsy for a body found burning near Castaic Lake that could be a missing man from Orange County.

    Coroners officials said there are a backlog of cases and referred all comments to the sheriff’s department investigators.

    The gruesome discovery...

  • Burned body at Castaic Lake: Uncle of missing teen fears the worst
    Burned body at Castaic Lake: Uncle of missing teen fears the worst

    The uncle of a missing college student from Orange County fears his body may be the one was found burning near Castaic Lake Wednesday morning.

    The gruesome discovery was made at about 6 a.m. about three miles north of Lake Hughes Road by a cyclist who initially thought it was a brush fire, said...

  • Authorities trying to determine if burned body is that of missing teen
    Authorities trying to determine if burned body is that of missing teen

    A detective investigating charred human remains found near Castaic Lake on Wednesday morning said that until the body is identified there was no way to connect it with a teenager who went missing in the same area.

    Authorities have been scouring the Castaic Lake area in search of 19-year-old Bryce...

  • Burning body found near Castaic Lake amid search for missing man
    Burning body found near Castaic Lake amid search for missing man

    A burning body was discovered Wednesday near Castaic Lake, close to an area where authorities have been searching for a missing 19-year-old man.

    Firefighters responded to a call of a brush fire at 6:04 a.m. about three miles north of Lake Hughes Road, said Los Angeles County fire supervisor Bernard...

  • Sheriff's Department divers search Castaic Lake for missing man
    Sheriff's Department divers search Castaic Lake for missing man

    Law enforcement authorities Tuesday evening were searching for a missing 19-year-old man who was believed to have been driving a pickup truck that was involved in an accident near Castaic Lake.

    Rescue divers from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department were searching the lake for evidence that might...

  • SigAlert issued on 5 Freeway near Castaic; crews control brush fire
    SigAlert issued on 5 Freeway near Castaic; crews control brush fire

    Firefighters gained the upper hand Tuesday afternoon in their efforts to stop a brush fire near the 5 Freeway north of Castaic, but a Sigalert was issued and expected to last several hours, officials said.

    Crews on the ground were aided by an aggressive air attack that included three water-dropping...

  • Firefighters battle brush fire near 5 Freeway north of Castaic
    Firefighters battle brush fire near 5 Freeway north of Castaic

    Firefighters were battling a brush fire Tuesday afternoon near the 5 Freeway north of Castaic that had burned about five acres.

    Three helicopters were dropping water on the blaze, which was burning near Templin Highway, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

    On the ground, camp crews and...

  • Fire near Morongo casino reaches 1,300 acres

    A wildfire was burning Sunday afternoon near the Morongo Indian Reservation northwest of Banning, officials said.

    The Hathaway fire started just before noon in Hathaway Canyon and had reached 1,300 acres by early Sunday evening. No houses or structures were threatened by the blaze, but authorities...

  • Castaic blaze grows to 575 acres but firefighters gaining control

    Firefighters were beginning to gain control Friday evening of a fast-burning brush fire near Castaic Lake that has so far burned 575 acres, fire officials said.

    The blaze reached the northern shore of the lake, which was acting as a "natural fire break," said Inspector Keith Mora of the Los Angeles...

  • Fire in Castaic is no longer threatening school, officials say

    More than 100 firefighters are attacking a 40-acre fire in Castaic that burned close to an elementary school and has forced a lane closure on southbound 5 Freeway.

    Inspector Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the department received a call around 1:23 p.m. Friday reporting...

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