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Death toll from Montecito mudslide rises to 18

The number of people killed in the Montecito mudslides increased to 18 Friday as rescuers continued searching for seven missing people. Authorities said late Thursday that roughly 43 people were unaccounted for after heavy rains pounded the Thomas fire burn scar this week and unleashed a torrent...

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  • Trump approves disaster funds for Thomas fire victims

    Trump approves disaster funds for Thomas fire victims

    President Trump on Tuesday declared that a major natural disaster exists in California and ordered federal assistance to help local agencies in recovery efforts in areas affected by the Thomas fire, which started Dec. 4 and is still burning. The declaration means federal funds will be available...

  • California's largest ever fire was a force that could not be stopped

    California's largest ever fire was a force that could not be stopped

    The fire left the mountains ghostly gray, vast slopes frozen still but for dust devils wandering the ash. Fire crews were conducting a last big operation in the high country, burning a ridge above Hartman Ranch to keep the main fire from mushrooming into a road-less wilderness where condors soar....

  • Light winds, smoldering brush spark flare up within Thomas fire burn area

    Light winds, smoldering brush spark flare up within Thomas fire burn area

    California’s biggest fire on record refuses to die. On Friday morning, a smoldering area of the Thomas fire came back to life when light winds ignited a patch of unburned vegetation, sending plumes of smoke into the air over Santa Barbara, according to U.S. Forest Service public information officer...

  • Brush fire scorches 13 acres in Sunland-Tujunga area

    Brush fire scorches 13 acres in Sunland-Tujunga area

    A brush fire broke out Thursday night in the Sunland-Tujunga area. The fire scorched 13 acres and no evacuations were ordered for homes situated along the hillsides.

  • Today: Know These Laws Before You Go Into 2018

    Today: Know These Laws Before You Go Into 2018

    We sorted through hundreds of California’s new laws so you don’t have to. TOP STORIES Know These Laws Before You Go Into 2018 New rules for hiring employees — and for jaywalking. Another annual vehicle fee, this time for road repairs. Legal recreational pot. Californians will face hundreds of new...

  • Today: America First or America Alone?

    Today: America First or America Alone?

    President Trump says he’s building America’s power overseas, but some recent developments would seem to contradict that view. TOP STORIES America First or America Alone? “Our strategy is to advance American influence in the world,” President Trump said in his national security speech last week....

  • Work on the Thomas fire doesn't stop for Christmas

    Work on the Thomas fire doesn't stop for Christmas

    As the sun rose Monday morning, Pedro Barba had to settle for imagining what his family was doing without him. In their Riverside home, Barba’s wife would be fixing hot cocoa and pan dulce for their two children. The three would be readying to open their gifts. A hundred miles away, the hotshot...

  • For female firefighters at the Thomas fire, there are special challenges

    For female firefighters at the Thomas fire, there are special challenges

    Kelley Whitelens hiked a steep hill toward the backyard of a home on Coyote Road in Santa Barbara, one hand wiping the sweat from her face, the other pulling up her sagging pants. Whitelens is the only female firefighter in a 19-person team from South Dakota fighting the fierce Thomas fire — which,...

  • Thomas fire not expected to be fully contained until Jan. 7

    Thomas fire not expected to be fully contained until Jan. 7

    The largest wildfire on record in California was largely tamed by Sunday as Ventura residents raced around for last-minute holiday shopping and for Christmas Eve church services. But the devastation was never far from the thoughts of many. Hundreds of people fled their homes as the Thomas fire...

  • Creek fire near Sylmar expected to be fully contained by midnight

    Creek fire near Sylmar expected to be fully contained by midnight

    Fire officials said they expect full containment of the Creek fire, which has scorched more than 15,000 acres east of Sylmar, by the end of the day Saturday. The blaze has been 98% contained since Thursday, with 37 firefighters still working on suppression repair on Saturday morning, officials...

  • Residents sue utilities, city of Ventura over damage caused by the Thomas fire

    Residents sue utilities, city of Ventura over damage caused by the Thomas fire

    A group of Ventura County residents has filed suit against two utility companies and the city of Ventura, claiming they are responsible for damage caused by the Thomas fire. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Ventura County Superior Court, alleges in part that Southern California Edison Co. crews working...

  • Another day of powerful winds expected to fan Thomas fire

    Another day of powerful winds expected to fan Thomas fire

    Powerful winds that have driven the ferocious Thomas fire for more than two weeks are expected to return Wednesday afternoon, testing the progress firefighters have made in recent days against the massive blaze. The fire has burned 272,000 acres — making it the second-largest California wildfire...

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