Even as the Woolsey fire continues to burn, residents in evacuated areas are starting to worry about looters.
A resident at the Malibu Bay Club said he saw a man Sunday morning on a dirt bike with a backpack driving through the Ventura County complex where about 20 condos sustained fire or water damage. A man matching that description was also seen driving south on Trancas Canyon Road that afternoon.
Bud Robison, property manager at Malibu Bay Club, saw three men on dual sport motorcycles wearing bandannas who were trespassing on the property Sunday afternoon. There were no license plates on the bikes. He said he asked the men for identification and they ignored him.
The death toll from the Camp fire in Paradise jumped to 42 on Monday, making it the deadliest fire in California history. Officials said they recovered the remains of 13 additional victims Monday as teams continued search the burned-out ruins of thousands of homes. Scores remain missing.
One of the first things Rabbi Alfred Wolf did after joining the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in 1949 was start a camping program for children.
Wolf envisioned a place that would be the antithesis of the Nazi Germany he escaped.
And it would be not only for Jewish children but for other children from Los Angeles’ burgeoning, and increasingly diverse communities. There they could organize and try to improve their lot and those of others, said his son Dan Wolf, 68.
The rabbi built two camps in Malibu: the beach side Hess Kramer and its sister camp Hilltop. In the 1960s, they became another home for a group of young Latinos who helped launch the Chicano movement.
The air quality has improved in Southern California as the Woolsey fire has slowed.
But the Bay Area and Sacramento Valley continue to be hammered by smoke from the massive Camp Fire in Butte County.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento explained why that region in still being hit so hard. “An inversion cap is acting like a lid, keeping the wildfire smoke from rising, while the mountains prevent it from moving horizontally, trapping it in the area,” the weather service said.
Why is it so smoky in the Central Valley? An inversion cap is acting like a lid, keeping the wildfire smoke from rising, while the mountains prevent it from moving horizontally, trapping it in the area. #cawx#CampFirepic.twitter.com/AvCvXljgdK
The Woolsey fire destroyed about 37 houses in Bell Canyon while up to 12 are thought to have sustained some level of damage, said Eric Wolf, president of the Bell Canyon Homeowners Assn.
Wolf said he has stayed in the 2,400-acre community since the fire started, putting out spot fires with a team of about nine volunteers.
The Woolsey fire moved unpredictably in Bell Canyon, which has 13 miles of roads. This is the first time that homes were lost to a brush fire in Bell Canyon, a community that has seen fires multiple times before, but that wasn't the fault of the firefighters, he said.
Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area say eight mountain lions are alive and moving based on GPS collars, apparently surviving the wildfires.
But the fate of five others — P-22, P-42, P-47, P-54 and P-74 — remains unclear, park officials said in a tweet Monday.
Officials say it’s too early to be alarmed. They note that their GPS collars have not yet transmitted their locations. Officials say this is not unusual. There are other means of tracking the big cats, such as the use of telemetry. But the fires make that difficult.
The vast majority of California homeowners have insurance that covers fire damage. But that doesn’t mean you can breathe easy.
Property insurance lawyers say it’s not uncommon for insurers to do everything possible to minimize payouts, especially after catastrophic blazes such as the ones now raging in Northern and Southern California.
Some policies may require homeowners to report any such damage within 90 days to qualify for coverage. Others may cap coverage at a certain level, frequently $5,000.
The husky in the online photo had burned ears and a brown spot on her forehead where the fire had singed her fur. But one look at the expression on her face, and Wade Lovett knew he had found his dog.
“She had this pout, and that's her face. As soon as I saw that, I said, ‘That's Luna,’ ” Lovett said. “She’s a beautiful dog, but when she pouts, she pouts.”
He had last seen her two days earlier, as he packed his neighbor’s truck and prepared to leave Paradise, the town he’s lived in his whole life, as the Camp fire barreled toward him. Luna was perched in the front seat and after somehow rolling the window down with her paw, she bolted. Lovett followed her by truck and by foot for nearly an hour, until the flames got too close.